1862 Abner Doubleday CDV

Sold For: $940

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1138

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Carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday taken in 1862 by noted photographer Mathew Brady. The formal studio pose captures Doubleday in full military attire as he stands with arms crossed. Doubleday's name ("Major General Doubleday") is written in vintage black fountain pen along the lower margin. As noted by the stamping on the reverse, this card was published by E & H. T. Anthony of New York from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. This is one of a number of Doubleday images taken by Brady at this sitting, which occurred in 1862, and it stands as one of the most striking photos ever taken of the illustrious Civil War general. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action in Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, when Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." With flawless contrast, the mounted photograph is in Excellent condition. The mount (2.375 x 4 inches) shows light handling wear, including a small crease in the lower left corner. This is an outstanding Doubleday CDV and one that is a particularly ideal example for display in a baseball collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $940

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