1907-1914 Official Corporate Minutes Book of J. D. Shibe & Company
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $533
Hard-bound ledger, constituting the typewritten minutes of J. D. Shibe & Company between the years 1907 and 1914. This business ledger, which is comprised of twenty-five pages, documents the company's reorganization in 1907 as a corporation in the state of New Jersey and includes the company's certificate of incorporation and its by-laws. The minutes contained within are from the first meeting in 1907 and meetings in 1912 and 1914, respectively. As noted in its certificate of incorporation, "the objects for which this corporation is formed are: To manufacture, purchase, or otherwise invest, trade, deal in and deal with base balls and base ball supplies, and goods, wares and merchandise and property of every class and description." The directors of the company are listed as Wilson V. Shibe (chairman), Francis G. Coates (secretary), and Edwin Hunter, and each of their signatures (in a variety of inks, grading "9" or "10") appear a number of times within the twenty-five pages.
J. D. Shibe & Company was founded just after the close of the Civil War by Ben Shibe and his brother John. Originally a hardware store, the company quickly evolved into a manufacturer of sporting goods. In 1882, Ben Shibe left the company and joined with his friend A. J. Reach to form a new sporting-goods company, named Reach and Shibe. However, his brother John believed the name of the new company related too closely to his former affiliation, and the name was soon changed to A. J. Reach and Company. Despite Ben leaving the company, and as this ledger shows, J. D. Shibe & Company continued to manufacture a variety of sporting goods, particularly baseballs, for many years afterward. The ledger (9 x 12), titled "Minute Book of J. D. Shibe & Co." upon a paper label on the cover, displays moderate wear along the exterior, with all of the pages remaining clean and bright. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $533