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Exceptional Circa 1890s Baseball Wood Puzzle
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,422
Exceedingly rare and decorative circa 1890s baseball puzzle. The 36-piece wood puzzle, measuring an impressive 13 x 18 inches, is complete as issued and features a beautiful illustration of a generic player set against the backdrop of a baseball field and grandstand. This is the first example of this puzzle we have ever seen and the fact that it is complete with all of the pieces is probably nothing short of miraculous (as anyone who has kids will firmly attest to). The puzzle is further distinguished by its remarkably high quality and state of preservation. While there is naturally a hint of light surface and edge wear commensurate with its age and former use, all of the colors remain bright and vibrant, and the puzzle is in strong Excellent condition overall. Despite the fact that no manufacturer's stampings or copyright date are found on the piece, the fact that the player is depicted wearing quilted pants helps to date the puzzle. Padded pants became popular during the 1880s and remained in vogue for a few decades until sliding pads, worn under the pants, replaced this early design feature. Although there is no specific known year in which quilted pants disappeared entirely, we know the style was still in fashion at the turn of the century because we found an ad for quilted baseball pants in Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide of 1903. However, it appears that this style was most popular in the 1890s, and soon after disappeared from baseball fashion. This is an exceptional and extremely rare nineteenth-century baseball piece that is ideal for display. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,422
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