1903 Detroit vs. Cleveland (Alderman) Ribbon Pin and Silk

Sold For: $300

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1813

Item Year: 1903

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Given the quality of these two rare pieces, an elaborate ribbon pin and silk ribbon, one can safely assume that the baseball game played between the aldermen of Cleveland and Detroit on June 13, 1903, was a pretty big event. The ribbon pin, which is composed of a brooch, an attached ribbon, and a double-sided celluloid medallion, resembles the early World Series press pins issued between 1911 and 1915. The brooch segment of the piece is lettered "Detroit, 1903" in blue-and-white enamel. Attached to the brooch is a blue-and-white ribbon that reads "Base Ball/Cleveland/Alderman/vs./Detroit/Alderman/June 13" in gold lettering. Hanging from the ribbon, by means of two clasps, is a colorful celluloid medallion (2 inches in diameter) that features the official seal of Detroit, Michigan, on each side. This is one of the most attractive early baseball pieces we have ever seen and we can only wonder how much taxpayer money was spent by the politicians to have these pins produced. The pin measures 2.5 x 6.25 inches and remains in spectacular Near Mint condition. Accompanying the pin is a colorful silk ribbon (2.5 x 8.5 inches) featuring a number of illustrated baseball vignettes and text that reads "Cleveland at Detroit June 13, 1903." The ribbon displays a few creases, a tear along the top seam, and a diagonal tear in the main body near the bottom-right border. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 2 items (pin and ribbon).
Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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