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Early 1900s Ceramic Baseball Figures Collection (9)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,160.00
This collection of nine baseball figural pieces includes both decorative and comic designs, with at least five having been produced by the premier German ceramic manufacturing firm of Schafer & Vater. All are ceramic in composition and date from the early 1900s. 1) Schafer & Vater ashtray featuring a sliding figure; 4 x 3 x 1.5 inches, minor paint loss, Ex. 2-3) two identical Schafer & Vater figural pieces (possible pen/pencil holders), each wearing a catcher's mask; height: 5.25 inches, paint loss to the pants on each and a minute surface crack in the arm of one, otherwise Ex. 4) Schafer & Vater figural piece of a player sitting (possible pen/pencil holder), Height: 4.75 inches, minor paint loss, Ex; 5) Schafer & Vater match holder and strike, the lettering along the base reads "Scratch Your Match On My Patch," 4.5 x 2.25 x 3.75 inches, Ex. 6) Possible Schafer & Vater figural piece (unmarked) of a young girl in a baseball cap (possible pen/pencil holder), a ball rests at her feet, "Germany" is stamped along the base; height: 6 inches, Ex-Mt. 7) Bizarre figural piece with detachable head, no manufacturer stamp, the piece is lettered "Ty Cobb" along the base, and the head (in the shape of a baseball) sits freely on top of the shoulders; height: 5.5 inches, the bat and arm have been repaired, otherwise Vg-Ex, displays beautifully. 8) Flask with figural baseball player attached, no manufacturer stamp; height: 7 inches, minor paint loss, Ex. 9) Figural baseball figure dressed as a pirate, no manufacturer stamp, "Base-Ball" is lettered along the base; height: 7.5 inches, repair to neck, otherwise Ex-Mt. All of these delicate figures are extremely rare. This is the largest collection we have ever seen of these unusual rarities. This outstanding collection has been assembled one figure at a time by a very dedicated collector over a period of many years. Total 9 items. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,160.00
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