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Two Early 1900s Baseball Fans
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,066.50
Two attractive and early baseball fans dating from the early 1900s. 1) 1910 player fan. The fan pictures a colorful image of a woman wearing a hat, above which are sepia images of sixteen top players or managers in the game, one from each of the sixteen Major League clubs. The American League players, pictured on the left side, are Germany Schaefer (Washington), Bobby Wallace (St. Louis), Billy Sullivan (Chicago), Hal Chase (New York), George Moriarty (Detroit), Harry Lord (Boston), Harry Davis (Philadelphia), and Nap Lajoie (Cleveland). The National League contingent, pictured on the right, consists of Mickey Doolan (Philadelphia), Clark Griffith (Cincinnati), Dahlen (Brooklyn), Bill Sweeney (Boston), Frank Chance (Chicago), Art Devlin (New York), Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh), and Roger Bresnahan (St. Louis). "Copyright 1910 by F. A. Schneider" is printed along the bottom left border. Advertising for S. M. Candy & Co. appears on the reverse. These fans were produced as promotional pieces for various businesses and can be found with the names of various merchants on the reverse. The fan displays a few tears to the player images, most noticeably to the hats of Schaefer and Wallace, as well as a number of minor edge tears and creases. It remains firmly attached to the wooden handle. In Very Good condition overall. Approximately 10 x 14 inches (including the handle). 2) Circa 1904 scorer's fan. This novel circular fan doubles as a scorer and provides rotating wheels along its edges to record the inning as well as the respective number of runs and hits for each club. A colorful illustration of a pitcher is featured in the center. A patent date of May 17, 1904, appears along the base. Produced by The Meek Company of Ohio. Like the other fan, this was also issued by retailers as a promotional piece, with the offered fan having been distributed by "I. Marx Clothier and Hatter" of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. All of the original scoring wheels remain attached. The fan remains firmly attached to its wooden handle, and has numerous light creases and a few tears but displays beautifully. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Approximately 8 x 12.5 inches, including the handle. Total: 2 fans. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,066.50
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