Offered here is a rare collection of sixteen mini felt pennants representing each of the eight teams in the National and American Leagues, circa 1913. We have never seen these pennants before and therefore have no information regarding their manufacturer or method of issue. To the best of our knowledge, these are the only known examples. All were recently discovered sewn together within a large cloth tapestry that was disassembled by our consignor. As a result, each pennant retains stitch holes along the border areas, as well as a few remnants of the yellow thread that once bound them together. While we do not know who produced them, or for what purpose, we are fairly certain of their date of issue. The design of each is basically identical, with the respective league noted at the top, and each team name lettered below. The fact that the American League Cleveland and New York teams are identified, respectively, as the "Naps" and the "Yankees" conclusively dates the pennants to either 1913 or 1914. New York officially changed its name from the Highlanders to the Yankees in 1913, while Cleveland changed its name from the Naps to the Indians in 1915. Without reference to their removal from the tapestry, the pennants (5.5 inches long), produced in various colors (yellow, blue, red, or green) display moderate wear, including crazing to the white-painted letters, and are in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Total: 16 pennants. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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