During the early 1900s, tobacco companies issued quite a few sets printed on silks or felts, featuring a variety of subjects. These "fabric cards" were intended to be used as the building blocks for quilts, pillow cases, blankets, tapestries, etc. The silks featuring baseball players are by far the most highly prized by collectors today. The offered pillowcase was created using forty-seven of the S74 Baseball Silks issued in 1911, as well as twenty-four additional silks featuring actresses of the day (the actress silks are only used along the perimeter; the baseball silks are the central motif). S74 silks are related to the T205 Gold Border series, and share the same basic player designs. Individually they are very attractive collectibles. The six Hall of Famers represented on this piece, with the number of silks for each noted in parenthesis (if more than once) are John McGraw (3), Fred Clarke (3), Mordecai Brown, Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance. Also included (most more than once) are Harry Steinfeldt, Chief Meyers, Art Fletcher, Jack Murray, Art Devlin, and Robert Ewing. The finished pillow (17 x 10 x 3 inches) displays heavy wear, including some splits and fraying to a number of the silks, and is in Good to Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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