1915 Boston Red Sox World Champions Leather Display

Sold For: $2,350

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1249

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This spectacular and extremely large leather wall display, produced to commemorate the 1915 World Champion Boston Red Sox, features a large team photo in the center, including Harry Hooper, Tris Speaker, and Joe Wood. Individual oval portraits of manager Bill Carrigan, Duffy Lewis, Dutch Leonard, Tris Speaker, and Harry Hooper appear above and below the center image, respectively, with each player identified in print below his photo. "Red Sox - World Champions - 1915" is printed below the team photo in script lettering. The Boston Red Sox were at the height of their dynasty when this leather was issued. In addition to winning the World Series in 1915, the team won its second consecutive World's Championship the following year. In total, the Red Sox won four World Series Championships in the seven-year span from 1912 to 1918. These huge leather displays were very expensive in 1915, which no doubt contributes to their great rarity today. It is interesting to note that the production of these leathers was an art form that appears to have been popular for just a very short time. Only a few different leather display tributes featuring baseball teams are known to exist, and all date within a year or two of 1915. The irregularly cut white leather display measures approximately 31 x 30 inches and is in Very Good condition overall, displaying a number of flaws commensurate with its age. A few small holes are evident in each of the four corners (probably from its having once been hung on wall by means of nails or tacks) and the piece also displays moderate surface wear, including small cracks to the leather, abrasions, and a few small areas of light discoloration. It is interesting to note that most of the condition problems are simply those that would have naturally occurred if the leather had been displayed in a public venue over many years, such as a bar. Given its size, and its costly nature at the time, that is probably where many of these pieces ended up (one can easily envision this piece hanging in McGreevy's famed Boston sports bar, 3rd Base, as the Royal Rooters ceremoniously hoist their drinks in a toast to the home town nine). This is a very unusual, rare, and extremely striking Red Sox display piece dating from the golden age of Boston's baseball dynasty. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,350

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