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1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series Ring Advertising Display, Order Card, and Sample Ring (Dieges & Clust Archives)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,200

Collection of three significant pieces, originating from the Dieges & Clust archives, each relating to the company's manufacture and promotion of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring. The most striking piece is the original artwork used to produce the company's advertising sign and/or printed advertisement in promotion of its selection to produce the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring. It is possible that this piece itself was used by Dieges & Clust in a promotional display of some type. The artwork is comprised of a huge die-cut photograph (7 x 8.5 inches) of the Dodgers 1955 World Series ring, which is affixed to a cardboard backing (18 x 13.5 inches). The lettering to the right of the ring reads "World Champions/Diamond And Gold Ring/Presented To/Each Member Of The/Brooklyn Dodgers/1955 World Series Champions." An illustration of a player sliding into home plate completes the attractive motif. Accompanying the artwork is the original Dieges & Clust file card (8 x 5 inches) that records the Dodgers' order of this 1955 World Series ring on 2/27/56. The reverse of the card documents additional orders for the 1955 World Series ring on 4/17/56, 4/24/56, and 4/25/56, as well as orders for other jewelry through 1971. Ex. The final piece in this collection is a sample 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring produced by Herff Jones (Herff Jones purchased Dieges & Clust in 1979). The ring, which features a CZ diamond on the front, is identical in design to an original 1955 Dodgers World Series ring, but there is no name engraved on the right shank. The notation "HJ-ULT" is engraved on the interior band. Nr-Mt. Size: approximately 12. Total: 3 items.

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. SOLD FOR $4,200

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