Circa 1890 Workman's Glove

Sold For: $7,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1480

Item Year: 1890

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Early webless "workman's" glove dating from the late 1900s. As the game of baseball evolved, the need for some type of padding on the hand to handle hard-hit balls gave rise to the fielder's glove. Naturally, the earliest gloves were not made especially for baseball, but were simply workman's gloves that players transferred to the baseball diamond. As time went on, the gloves became more sophisticated and incorporated a webbing, to help catch the ball in addition to softening the blow. The offered glove, which was used by a right-handed player, has no web and is the earliest forerunner to today's modern baseball gloves. This would have been the style of glove worn by most players during the 1890s. One interesting aspect of this particular glove is that it almost certainly had leather tips applied to the top of each finger. That fact is inferred by the distinct difference in color between the heavily worn palm and fingertips. The glove displays heavy wear and use throughout, including a few small tears to the leather and stitching, as well a name written in ink on the back of the thumb (illegible; only a few letters can be made out). Like nearly all other examples of this type of glove, no manufacturer's tag is present, nor is there any evidence that one may have been removed. In Good condition overall, displaying ample evidence of its former use. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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