1905 W. H. Conant Handwritten Letter on Elegant Boston Braves Team Letterhead

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1806

Item Year: 1905

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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One-page handwritten letter, dated May 29, 1905, signed by W. H. Conant, secretary and one of the principal owners of the Boston Braves. The letter, scripted on ornate Boston Base Ball Association letterhead, served as the cover letter to a bill sent to Charles Stone, principal of the Stone School. In full: Dear Sir, Enclosed please find bill for rented grounds as per engagement April 10th. I also enclose herewith Season Pass for yourself + one, which will also be good for any member of your ball team when not used personally. Yours very truly, W. H. Conant.” Both the text and signature are boldly scripted and grade “10.” Conant, along with Arthur Soden and J. B. Billings, owned the Boston Braves from 1877 to 1906 (Billings sold his interest to Soden and Conant in 1904). This is the first example of this particular Boston Braves letterhead we have ever offered. The letter (8 x 10.5 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical mailing folds, as well as a tiny edge tear to one of the fold lines. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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