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1939 New York Yankees World Series Press-Pin Die, Original Production Sketch, and Order Form (Dieges & Clust Archives)

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960

Original Dieges & Clust metal die used to manufacture the 1939 New York Yankees World Series press pin, together with an original production sketch and company order form for the pin. 1) The octagonal die (2.5 inches in diameter and height) displays the design of the 1939 New York Yankees press pin, as well as the die number (039547). 2) Original production sketch for the 1939 New York Yankees press pin. The small sketch, executed in pencil on paper (2.25 x 2.25 inches) is a preliminary outline for the design of the pin and is stapled to the back of the company order form. Ex. 3) The original Dieges & Clust order form for the press pin, dated 9/12/39. The form notes the number of press pins ordered, the color scheme, and other various production specifications related to the manufacturing process. 7.5 x 5.5 inches. Vg, with general wear, including minor edge tears. Total: 3 items (die, sketch, and order form).

This material 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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