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1880s/1890s Webless Crescent Glove
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,644
This extremely rare webless crescent-style glove represents one of the earliest of all baseball gloves. Produced in the 1880s and 1890s, this style glove is predated only by the fingerless models of the 1870s. All gloves dating from before the turn of the century are rare. Balls and even bats dating from before 1900 have survived with some frequency, but high-quality gloves from the nineteenth century are far rarer, in part because they were a relatively expensive accessory that not everyone could afford. Ideally, this glove is accompanied by documented provenance in the form of a letter (dated January 5, 2007) from the grandson of the original owner. He writes in part: "This crescent baseball glove was purchased by my great-grandfather, Charles Fiske Slocumb, from a Boston sporting goods in the fall of 1893 and given to his son (my grandfather), Charles William Wallace Slocumb as a Christmas present that year. My grandfather was born in 1881 in Malden, Massachusetts. He used the glove in sand lot play in the Malden area throughout his teen-age years (1893-1899)...In 1954, when I was fifteen and playing high school ball, my grandfather gave me this glove. Needless to say, I never used the glove, but I went on to play four years of baseball at Williams College where I was captain of the team in 1961....I have had the glove in my possession for the past 52 years....As you can imagine, it is with mixed feelings that I offer the glove in this auction. " The white buckskin glove features a single-button wrist strap and is heavily soiled from use. Despite the wear, the slightly flattened crescent in the palm is still easily discernible and the leather remains soft and supple. No manufacturer's stampings or labels are visible, but the glove is obviously constructed of top-quality materials and there are no tears or splits along the seams. In Very Good to Excellent condition. This glove was introduced to the collecting community as Lot 846 in Robert Edward Auctions' April 2007 sale, where it realized a final sales price of $2,643.75. It has been consigned to this auction directly from the original purchaser in 2007. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,644
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