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Large Collection of Early Baseball-Themed Children's Tableware (52)
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $928.00
Children playing baseball is a theme often embraced by artists and one that seems quite appropriate when displayed upon children's tableware. In the early 1900s, such decorated tableware was commonly found on many a high chair, with the innocent images marking the first stage of Junior's introduction to the ways of our National Pastime. Today, these scarce and attractive decorative wares are prized by both baseball and pottery/china collectors alike. Offered is an amazing collection of baseball-decorated children's tableware, most of which dates to circa 1910 to 1920. This advanced collection was assembled by our consignor over a period of twenty years and includes many rare and unusual pieces. The majority of the items grade in Ex condition or better, with a number displaying a few minor chips and/or repaired cracks that do not significantly detract from their overall Excellent appearance. Many of the plates, saucers, bowls, mugs, etc., are apparently parts of sets and feature either identical or similarly designed images on each piece. 1) Set of nine pieces featuring an image of a fielder on a base and a runner sliding in. Comprised of a pewter-lined dish with warming spout and lid, four plates (three different sizes), two different bowls, and two handled mugs. Manufacturer's include Homer Laughlin, The Potters Co. and Underwood. 2) Set of nine pieces featuring a young batter. Comprised of three bowls, two teapots, two plates (different sizes), one handled mug, and a saucer. Many are stamped "Germany" on the bottom and others are stamped "Elpco." 3) Set of six pieces featuring similar images and gilt border. Comprised of three creamers (all different), one cup, and two saucers (identical). One is stamped "Germany" on bottom. 4) Set of seven pieces featuring similar images, including one football image. Comprised of two lidded sugar bowls (different), two cups, one creamer, one oval bowl, and one small lidded tureen. "Elpco" is stamped on many. 5) Set of three pieces featuring a similar design. Comprised of a cup, saucer, and plate. "RC - Nippon Toki Kaisha" is stamped on base of each. 6) Matching plate and handled mug manufactured by Cook & Hancock. 7) Set of five pieces featuring similar images. Comprised of two plates, a cup, a saucer, and a bowl. Each is stamped "Nippon" on the bottom. 8) Set of six pieces featuring similar images. Comprised of plate, two cups (different), saucer, handled mug, and sugar bowl (missing lid). "Germany" is stamped on the bottom of most. 9) Bowl, stamped "Dresden China" on bottom. 10) Unique baseball-shaped receptacle that houses what appears to be salt and pepper shakers, or perhaps toothpick holders. No manufacturer listed. 11) Plate, stamped "Limoges P and P France" on bottom. 12) Rice bowl. No manufacturer listed. 13) Cup. No manufacturer listed. Please note: due to the number of fragile items in this collection, the shipping charges for this lot (depending on where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. Total: 52 pieces. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $928.00
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