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1908 Henry Chadwick Memorial Collection Including Gravesite Imperial Cabinet and Hair (6)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823
All of the items contained within this collection relate to the passing of journalist Henry Chadwick, "The Father of Baseball," and originate from the Chadwick estate. Chadwick, who was universally recognized as the chief exponent of the game of baseball during the nineteenth century, passed away on April 20, 1908, at the age of eighty-four. Offered here are a number of significant mementoes kept by the family that commemorate his passing. 1) Extraordinary Imperial cabinet style display photograph (7.5 x 9 inches) of Chadwick's gravesite at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, dating from 1908, that pictures the Henry Chadwick Monument. This is an incredible photographic display piece. The photograph is in Near Mint condition and is housed in its original elaborately produced display matting (large corner chip, in Good condition) with preprinted identification. Credits on mat read "Jas. Daly's Sons Florists" and "Miss Florence S. Richter Designer." 2-3) Two professional photographs (each 7.5 x 4.5 inches) on mounts picturing, respectively, the floral arrangement at his funeral service in the church and the floral arrangement at his gravesite (including one flower arrangement that spells out "The Father of Base Ball." Each photo is affixed to a thin cardboard mount that includes the name of the photographer ("French, N. Y.") written in pencil in the lower right corner. One of the mounts also includes a vintage pencil notation that reads "Flowers at funeral of Henry Chadwick - Church of Our Father - Bklyn N. Y." Both of the photos are in Excellent condition. 4) Fifty-four page leather-bound scrapbook that contains clipped obituary notices of Henry Chadwick taken from newspapers all over the country. The notices fill approximately sixty percent of the album and the names of the newspapers from which they were taken are noted in black ink adjacent to each entry. The covers are well worn and the album is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 5) Complete copy of the June 1908 issue of the Chadwick Memorial Edition of Baseball magazine that features a three-page tribute to Chadwick written by Jacob Morse. The magazine has had tape repair to the spine and back cover and is in Good to Very Good condition. 6) Numerous strands of hair (many hundreds) purported to be from the head of Henry Chadwick. As noted before, all of the items in this collection originate from the estate of Henry Chadwick and we have no reason to doubt the authenticity of these strands. However, it should also be noted that there is no way for us to authenticate hair with certainty and no DNA tests have been conducted (if this is possible) to verify authenticity. We believe this is the hair of Henry Chadwick, "The Father of Baseball." The strands are contained in a small glassine envelope which has the notation "Chadwick's Hair." Additional interesting note: This lot was sold in 2007 by REA, and has been reconsigned to this auction with half of the strands of hair removed (originally there were two glassine envelopes of hair). The buyer purchased the lot solely to acquire one of the envelopes of Chadwick hair from the lot for his hair collection, with the intention of reconsigning the balance of the lot at a later date. Total: 6 items (3 photos, an album, a magazine, and quantity of hair). Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $823
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