Nineteenth-Century Webless "Workman's" Glove with Crescent Pad

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1782

Item Year: 1895

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Early webless "workman's" glove, featuring a crescent pad in the palm, 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, is a true transitional piece, as it features a crescent-shaped piece of extra padding in the palm for greater protection, but no webbing. The crescent begins at the base of the pinky finger, and extends all the way to the top of the thumb. This would have been the style of glove worn by most players during the 1890s. The glove displays heavy wear and use throughout, including a small tears to the leather at the seam between the middle finger and ring finger. The internal padding is exposed wool, apparently as manufactured, which displays a number of tears. 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 $400. Estimate $1,000+.

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