Exquisite Circa 1880s Six-Piece Baseball-Themed Hand-Blown Glass Lemonade Set

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1487

Item Year: 1885

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Addendum: Please note that the large pitcher features three baseball figures, not two as described in the catalog. The third image is of a pitcher who appears to be striking an early underhand-throw pose. We have added images of both the pitcher and catcher figures here on our website.

This unique hand-blown glass lemonade set, dating from the 1880s, is comprised of a large pitcher and five glasses, each of which displays an attractive painted image of one or more baseball players. The ethereal nature of the artwork on each piece is reminiscent of that seen on Mary Gregory glass from the time period. The most striking scene is that on the pitcher, which displays a generic male batter opposite a generic female catcher. A baseball is seen in midair between the two. Both figures are pictured in all white uniforms, with the female catcher wearing a wire mask from the period. Each glass pictures a near identical image of the male batter, either in a lefty or righty batting stance, with a baseball pictured in front of him. While painted glassware from this time period is common, those featuring a baseball motif are rare. The offered set is obviously unique (not mass produced) and one of the most elegant examples we have seen. Both the pitcher (11 inches high) and glasses (3.5 inches high) remain in Near Mint condition. Total: 6 pieces (pitcher and 5 glasses). Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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