1915 Boston Red Sox World Champions Leather Display

Sold For: $1,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1871

Item Year: 1915

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This spectacular and extremely large leather wall display, produced to commemorate the 1915 World Champion Boston Red Sox, features a large team photo in the center, including Harry Hooper, Tris Speaker, and Joe Wood. Individual oval portraits of manager Bill Carrigan, Duffy Lewis, Dutch Leonard, Tris Speaker, and Harry Hooper appear above and below the center image, respectively, with each player identified in print below his photo. "Red Sox - World Champions - 1915" is printed below the team photo in script lettering. The Boston Red Sox were at the height of their dynasty when this leather was issued. In addition to winning the World Series in 1915, the team won its second consecutive World's Championship the following year. In total, the Red Sox won four World Series Championships in the seven-year span from 1912 to 1918. These huge leather displays were very expensive in 1915, which no doubt contributes to their great rarity today. It is interesting to note that the production of these leathers was an art form that appears to have been popular for just a very short time. Only a few different leather display tributes featuring baseball teams are known to exist, and all date within a year or two of 1915. The irregularly cut white leather (approximately 31 x 39 inches) displays a number of minor flaws commensurate with its age. There is light discoloration in the upper right corner that touches upon the Leonard portrait, as well as additional discoloration at the extreme bottom tip. A small abrasion affects the Carrigan portrait. An approximate one-inch circular tear appears in the lower right, and a smaller tear is evident in the upper right corner. A few scattered areas of light toning/discoloration are also noticeable. Despite the aforementioned flaws, this is remains one of the finest examples of this leather we have ever handled. All of the photographic images display outstanding clarity and the leather retains nearly all of its vibrant white coloring. Excellent to Mint in its overall appearance. This is an outstanding and scarce display piece commemorating the Boston's 1915 World Championship season. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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