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1924 Washington Senators World Championship Pendant Die (Dieges & Clust Archives)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960

Original Dieges & Clust metal die used to manufacture the 1924 Washington Senators World Championship pendant. The octagonal die (2.75 inches in diameter and 2.25 inches in height), displays the 1924 Washington Senators World Championship pendant design, as well as the die number (0241649). The 1924 Washington Senators World Championship pendant is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful baseball jewelry pieces ever issued. The design features a large illustration of the U.S. Capitol building flanked on either side by a bald eagle. Below is a crossed bats and ball motif, that includes a single diamond set within the baseball. The pendant is lettered "Washington" along the top and "World 1924 Champions" along the base in red and blue enamel, respectively. Examples of the actual pendant are scarce, with only a handful of examples having surfaced at auction over the years. This unique die is the ultimate companion piece to the pendant and one that would also be of significance to both Washington Senators and World Series collectors alike.

This die has been culled from a much larger Dieges & Clust collection that was consigned to this auction just as our catalog was going to press. As such, all but one of the twenty-eight Dieges & Clust lots in this auction (featuring 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.

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