1939 Baseball Centennial Wooden Cane/Seat

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1711

Item Year: 1939

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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The highlight of the yearlong 1939 Baseball Centennial was the dedication of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on June 12th. Over 11,000 fans descended upon the sleepy village of Cooperstown on that day. Many different Cooperstown Hall of Fame items were produced relating to that special day. Presented is one of the rarest and most unusual. In order to accommodate those people who might have trouble standing for the hours-long celebration, special wooden canes were sold that were designed so that they could also be converted into a makeshift seat (we are told the term used to describe such a contraption is a shooting stick). Offered here is one of those rare surviving pieces from that historic day. The seat portion of the piece features a painted crossed bats and ball motif and is lettered "1839-1939 - Base Ball Centennial - Cooperstown N.Y." This is only the third example of this cane/seat we have ever seen. The first appeared as Lot 1251 in our May 2008 sale, where it realized $2,115. The piece displays normal wear commensurate with its age and former use, including a tiny sliver of missing wood along the right edge of the seat. In Excellent condition overall. This is both an unusual and rare souvenir dating from the historic grand opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Height (as a cane): 34 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.

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