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Lot # 702 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1890s Straw Baseball Cap

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $290.00

Very rare circa 1890s baseball cap featuring a cloth band across the front that reads "Home Run." Pictured on either side of the lettering on the band is an illustration of a pitcher and batter, respectively. Examples of some equipment from the nineteenth century are very rarely seen, and caps certainly fall into this category. Bats have a much greater likelihood of survival; nineteenth-century gloves are few and far between; but pre-1900 caps are almost nonexistent. This may be in part because the materials of bats and gloves are much more long-lasting than the material of caps (in this case straw). Baseball caps from this era are very distinctive in style. This is a particularly interesting example for display as the band also identifies this cap specifically as a baseball hat. The hat displays a small "dime sized" hole in the back and a small horizontal two-inch split on the brim that is hidden beneath the band. Aside from those two minor condition flaws (neither of which detract in the least from its display value), the cap is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $290.00

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