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Nineteenth-Century Webless "Workman's" Glove with Crescent Pad
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,304
Early webless "workman's" glove, featuring a crescent pad in the palm, dating from the late 1900s. As the game of baseball evolved, the need for some type of padding on the hand to handle hard-hit balls gave rise to the fielder's glove. Naturally, the earliest gloves were not made especially for baseball, but were simply workman's gloves that players transferred to the baseball diamond. As time went on, the gloves became more sophisticated and incorporated a webbing, to help catch the ball in addition to softening the blow. The offered glove, which was used by a right-handed player, is a true transitional piece, as it features a crescent-shaped piece of extra padding in the palm for greater protection, but no webbing. The crescent begins at the base of the pinky finger, and extends to the base of the thumb. This would have been the style of glove worn by most players during the 1890s. The glove displays heavy wear and use throughout, including a few small tears to the leather at various seams and stress points. The internal padding is exposed wool, apparently as manufactured. A portion of the red stitching used in the crescent pad is no longer present. Like nearly all other examples of this type of glove, no manufacturer's tag is present, nor is there any evidence that one may have been removed. In Good condition overall, displaying ample evidence of its former use. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,304
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