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Two 1890s Heubach Baseball Figurines (Large Variety)
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
This pair of brightly painted porcelain statues, produced in Germany by Heubach during the 1890s, depicts both a pitcher and batter in similar style period uniforms. Originally sold in pairs as decorative accents to provide beauty to well-furnished Victorian homes, they still accomplish their intended purpose today. Because of their fragile nature, these statues break easily. Many did not survive, and those that did are often chipped or cracked and repaired. The pitcher, dressed in blue, holds a ball in front of his chest while the batter, dressed in red, stands at the plate with bat in hand. Each statue measures an impressive 14 inches in height. The pitcher is in Near Mint condition. The batter displays a one-inch hairline crack in the leg and has benefited from restoration to a small break in the hand. The bat is not original to the piece (Heubachs are almost always found with replacement bats). Despite the very minor technical condition flaws to the batter, it has a strong Near Mint appearance. Heubach figures were offered in several sizes, mostly smaller, with each larger size being progressively more expensive. The larger figures, such as these, are both rarer, because they were far more expensive than the smaller versions, and also much more impressive for display. This is an extremely attractive pair of rare, large-scale nineteenth-century Heubach baseball figurines in spectacular condition. Total 2 figures. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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