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Original Carl Horner Cabinet Photo - Wirt Cannell (Family Provenance!)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,293

Timing is everything, especially in baseball, and especially for Wirt Virgin "Rip" Cannell. Cannell's Major League career was brief, only two seasons, both of which were spent in Boston as a member of the Braves. However, those two seasons were 1904 and 1905, which was the exact time when renowned Boston baseball photographer Carl Horner was producing a series of individual cabinet photos of members of both the Red Sox and Braves. The result of that fortuitous happenstance is seen here in this wonderful offering. The formal studio photograph captures Cannell in uniform as a member of the Braves which, judging by the uniform style, probably dates to 1905. Horner's name and studio address appear at the base of the mount. We have never seen another Horner Cabinet of Cannell and this may be the only known example. Ideally, this photo originates directly from the family. As noted in our consignor's accompanying letter, this is one of several photos of Cannel that was just recently discovered by the family, but it is the only one found picturing him in uniform. The photo, which has flawless contrast and clarity, displays only a few tiny areas of foxing, as does the mount. There is also a very light stain on the mount, just above Horner's proprietary stamp, that does not detract in the least from its overall Excellent to Mint appearance. 5 x 7 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,293

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