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Nineteenth-Century Stevengraph Baseball Silk "First Innings"
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185
Classic nineteenth-century Stevengraph silk entitled "First Innings." This early baseball scene, executed in a tapestry of woven silk, features a game in progress and encompasses the field of play and grandstand area as well. The medium of silk weaving allows for extraordinary detail and brilliant color. Produced by Stevengraph Works, the preeminent woven-silk manufacturers of the era, the silk (5.75 x 2 inches) is housed in its original large cabinet-card style matting (8 x 5.25 inches) with a label on reverse as originally issued. This is one of a small series of display silks with a sporting theme produced by Stevengraph in the early 1890s. The only Stevengraph ever produced relating to baseball, "First Innings" is highly prized by both Stevengraph and baseball collectors. The silk is in overall Excellent condition. The original cardboard matting (which is extremely desirable and often lost entirely) displays an abrasion along the base that partially obscures both the "g" and "s" in "Innings," as well as a corner chip and a few small edge chips. The reverse of the elaborate matting features an advertisement for "Stevensgraph Pure Silk Woven Pictures." Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.
SOLD FOR $1,185
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