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1927 Dieges & Clust New York Yankees File Archives Including Original Artwork for the 1927 New York Yankees World Series Ring!
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $6,600
Collection of five documents and original artwork from the Dieges & Clust company archives, relating to the company's production of the New York Yankees' 1927 World Series rings and 1927 World Series press pins.
This small but astoundingly significant archive has been separated from a much larger Dieges & Clust collection that was consigned to this auction just as our catalog was going to press. As such, the balance of the collection, which includes an amazing array of fascinating material, including documents, artwork, manufacturing dies, photos, and sample jewelry, can be found on the Internet Only portion of our sale. The entire collection originates from the family of a former Dieges & Clust executive, who, we are told, literally rescued most of the items offered here from the garbage dumpster after the company was sold to Herff Jones in 1979. Prior to that time, the company, which was founded in 1898 by Col. Charles Dieges and Prosper Clust, was noted for its exquisite sports-related jewelry, including the manufacture of nearly all of the World Series rings and press pins produced between the years 1923 and 1956. Additionally, the company also designed and produced baseball's MVP Award, the Heisman Trophy, numerous sports trophies and figural pieces (including the famous series of "Spalding" baseball trophies issued in the 1920s), and the 1904 Olympic medals, not to mention countless custom orders for athletes.
The offered group of 1927 New York Yankees material is comprised of the original artwork for the club's 1927 World Series ring, a photograph of the top and side views of the 1927 ring for advertising or press purposes (with typed text on reverse), the original company order forms for both the 1927 World Series rings and 1927 World Series press pins, and the individual team-order sheet for the 1927 World Series rings, listing all of the players' names and ring sizes.
1) Original artwork for the 1927 New York Yankees World Series ring. This is the actual original artwork used for design and for approval to produce the 1927 New York Yankees World Series rings. The highly detailed artwork, produced on artist's board (7.75 x 4.5 inches) pictures both the left and right shank of the ring, as well as the top. The shank designs are both painted directly on the board, while the top design was painted on a separate board and then later affixed here. What is interesting to note is that each shank design was originally intended to be different. However, the Yankees, for reasons unknown, did not approve the right-shank design and decided to use the other design on both shanks. The rejection of the right-shank design is apparent by the large "X" written in ink over it. As most collectors are aware, the actual 1927 New York Yankees World Series ring does feature the identical design on each shank, but the discovery of this artwork allows us to see Dieges & Clust's original concept for the piece. In addition to the cross-out of the one artwork, the board also displays a number of other vintage production notations. Two heavy vertical creases affect the right portion of the board and there is paper and glue residue on the reverse from its having once been mounted, possibly within a company production album. Gd-Vg.
2) 1927 New York Yankees World Series ring photograph. Small photograph (2.5 x 4 inches) picturing the top and shank designs of the 1927 Yankees ring used for Dieges & Clust advertising or press purposes. A number of vintage production notations appear along the border areas. The photograph displays surface paper loss (not affecting images, perhaps from matting/production use) and is affixed to a cardboard backing (3.5 x 5 inches). Typed text on the back of the piece reads "The New York Yankees Championship Rings - Made by Dieges & Clust - After competitive bid among foremost jewelers, forty-two rings were made in solid green gold with a fine diamond set in top. Many favorable comments were received from foremost men in baseball as well as from the players." Vg.
3) 1927 New York Yankees World Series ring order form. Original Dieges & Clust company file order, dated March 3, 1928, for the Yankees' 1927 World Series ring. The form (8.5 x 5.5 inches), which features both typewritten and handwritten information, includes technical information, such as the die and shank-press numbers, as well the color (dark green) and number of "14K Gold Diamond Rings" ordered (29). Under the "Style" header, it makes special note to make "Both Shanks Alike." The form displays numerous creases and minor edge tears (none of which adversely affects any of the information displayed). Gd-Vg.
4) 1927 New York Yankees World Series Ring team-order sheet. One-page (8.5 x 11 inches) typewritten order sheet listing the name to be engraved on each ring, as well as each player's respective ring size. Without exception, each engraved name included only first initials for the player's first and/or middle name. Not surprisingly, manager Miller Huggins' ring size is the smallest size listed (8), while the largest size belongs not to Babe Ruth (11.5), but to Lou Gehrig (12). The sheet displays one vertical and three horizontal creases. Vg.
5) 1927 New York Yankees World Series press-pin order form. The form (7.5 x 5.5 inches), dated September 19, 1927, is similar in format to the World Series ring order form and lists technical information concerning the die number, as well as noting the color of the enamel: "Red White & Blue." What is most interesting with the discovery of these documents is that we now know exactly how many press pins were ordered by the club in 1927. The original order was for 700, but the club added an additional ten as noted by the handwritten correction in ink. Minor tears along the base, otherwise Vg.
This is a most extraordinary group of unique items of enormous historical import relating to Dieges & Clust and the manufacture of World Series rings and World Series press pins for the 1927 Yankees. Total: 5 items. SOLD FOR $6,600
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