Pair of Nineteenth-Century Candy Containers with Figural Baseball Lids

Sold For: $529

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1156

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Pair of rare diminutive candy containers, each featuring a figural baseball player on the lid. The figural pieces, which appear to be plaster (chalk-like substance), are identical in design and differentiated only by the color of their uniform. The bat, which is removable, is actually made of wood and rests in a small hole located just above the figure's hands on the front (the white uniformed player is missing its original bat and is pictured with a modern-day replacement). Both players are meticulously hand painted, including the eyes, lips, and hair. While we cannot positively date these pieces, both the uniform style and cap depicted here were popular in the late 1880s. These are the first two examples we have ever seen of these baseball candy containers, and their rarity almost certainly relates to their fragile nature. The figural baseball players are very susceptible to damage and even modest handling (especially by young hands) probably doomed nearly all of these decorative pieces to the trash shortly after purchase. Each figure is 2.5 inches tall and rests on circular cardboard candy container that is 1.25 inches in diameter and .5 inches in height. The gray uniformed player is complete with its original bat and displays a minor chip on the top of the right shoe and a tiny abrasion on the brim of the cap. In Excellent condition overall, and probably in as fine a condition as one could ever hope for in this piece. The white uniformed player bears a replica bat and is in Good to Very Good condition, with a large abrasion to the left side of the head, affecting both the hat and face, as well as a few other minor surface imperfections throughout. Total: 2 candy containers. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $529

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