Pair of Unusual Nineteenth-Century Baseball Bats

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1793

Item Year: 1895

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Two uniquely designed nineteenth-century baseball bats, each of which appears to be homemade. Neither bat is cracked, but both display heavy use. 1) The more novel of the two has been constructed from two separate pieces of wood. The bat is unusually thick along its entire length, with the barrel measuring 9 inches in circumference and the thinnest part of the handle measuring 4.5 inches in circumference. Length: 32 inches. Weight: 45.2 ounces. 2) Standard-looking bat, but with alternating thin and thick dark-colored rings carved into the middle. Length: 34 inches. 33.6 inches. Total: 2 bats. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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