Circa 1916 Boston Red Sox Oversized Pennant

Sold For: $600

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1860

Item Year: 1916

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare Boston Red Sox World Championship pennant dating from the team's 1912 to 1918 dynasty. The attractive design of this oversized red felt pennant displays the team name, "Red Sox," in large white "shadow box" letters alongside a circular illustration featuring a crossed bats, ball, and bases motif that reads "Boston Red Sox Base Ball Club - Worlds Champions." The absence of a year on this piece has always led to some ambiguity regarding its date of issue but the Vintage Pennant Price Guide II (by Mike Egner, published 2013; highly recommended!) attributes it to circa 1916. All Boston Red Sox pennants dating from the period 1912 through 1918 are extremely rare and we have seen only a few other examples of this particular style. The pennant (33.5 inches in length) displays moderate wear throughout, including a small clip at the tip, tack holes at the tip and corners (the tack holes at the corners have torn through the material), a few tiny insect holes, and crazing to the painted graphics. Light soiling is evident throughout. Both of the original corner tassels remain intact. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.

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