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1915 Boston Red Sox World Champions Leather
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,185.00
This decorative leather display, with tassels along all four borders, was produced to commemorate the 1915 World Champion Boston Red Sox and features a large team photo in the center, including Harry Hooper, Tris Speaker, and Joe Wood. Individual bust-length portraits of manager Bill Carrigan, Duffy Lewis, Tris Speaker, and Harry Hooper appear above and below the center image, respectively, with each player identified in print below his photo. "Red Sox/World Champions/1915" is printed below the team photo in script lettering. The Boston Red Sox were at the height of their dynasty when this leather was issued. In addition to winning the World Series in 1915, the team won its second consecutive World's Championship the following year. In total, the Red Sox won four World Series Championships in the seven-year span from 1912 to 1918. These leather displays were very expensive in 1915, which no doubt contributes to their great rarity today. It is interesting to note that the production of these leathers was an art form that appears to have been popular for just a very short time. Only a few different leather display tributes featuring baseball teams are known to exist, and all date within a year or two of 1915. This is one of two different 1915 Boston Red Sox leathers we have seen (the other is larger on an irregularly shaped piece of white leather). This particular leather, which has a red felt backing, was intended for use as a pillowcase. A series of corresponding precut slits exist on both the leather and felt backing to facilitate sewing the pillow inside. The piece, including the length of the tassels on each side, measures approximately 24 x 30 inches. Light wear is displayed throughout, commensurate with its age, including a few minor abrasions and small, light stains to the leather. It appears that at one time both the caps and collars for each of the players pictured individually were painted white or silver because faded remnants of the coloration are evident on all four images. In Very Good condition overall. This is a very unusual, rare, and extremely striking Red Sox display piece dating from the golden age of Boston's baseball dynasty. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,185.00
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