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Lot # 1213 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1890s Baseball Wooden Counter Display Box

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938

Extremely rare point-of-sale wooden display box for "The Standard Double Cover Baseball." This special display box was supplied to merchants by the manufacturer. The illustrated lid features a hand holding the "Double Cover" baseball, while the lettering below alerts patrons that "The Standard Base Balls For Sale Here." The hinged lid opens to reveal twelve wooden cubicles that once housed the balls. While the exact year of this box's manufacture is unknown, it almost certainly dates to the late nineteenth century, most likely circa 1890s. This is only the third example of this rare box we have ever seen and it stands as the finest in terms of condition. Both of the hinges and the metal clasp are in perfect working order and the box displays only light surface wear, including a few scratches and abrasions, that is commensurate with its age and former use. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is an exceptional nineteenth-century baseball advertising display piece with a strong "old country store" appeal. 9.75 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,938

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