Polo Grounds Double-Figural Triple-Seat Section - Freestanding Unit

Sold For: $2,040

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1678

Item Year: 1940

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Double-figural stadium-seat section, comprised of three seats, originating from the Polo Grounds in New York City. Polo Grounds seats have always been popular with collectors, but those featuring the Giants' intricate interlocking "NY" design on each end of the metal framework are considered the ideal, not to mention scarce. This is just the second Polo Grounds three-seat section we have ever offered that features two figural ends and we can only recall having seen a few other examples over the years. The Polo Grounds will always be revered as one of baseball's grandest old ballparks. The stadium was sacred as the home of the Giants from 1891 to 1957. The New York Mets brought baseball back to the Polo Grounds in 1962 and 1963, but the stadium was torn down in 1964 to make room for housing projects, leaving only memories and a few seats as reminders of one of baseball's longest-lasting old-time ballparks.

All of the wooden components on this chair have been replaced. Only the metal framework is original. Also, this particular seat section was removed from the Polo Grounds by sawing off each of the eight metal "legs." The legs were then soldered onto new "feet," all of which are bolted to two wooden slats so that the seat now stands freely. One of the legs has since neatly split at the soldering point, but the seat can still be used. The original metal framework displays a number of moderate abrasions, which reveal orange paint underneath. The replacement wood components are all painted in matching green and remain in Near Mint condition. Dimensions: 59 inches long, 16 inches wide (with the seats open), and 30 inches high. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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