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Lou Gehrig's Custom-Bracelet Artwork and Lou Gehrig Day Trophy Photos and Yankees Order File Cards (Dieges & Clust Archives)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $960
In addition to fulfilling the normal orders for championship rings and press pins, Dieges & Clust also specialized in custom pieces for teams, as evidenced by this collection of material originating from the company's archives. These two photos and order cards are notable for their documentation of two such special orders for Lou Gehrig. The first photo pictures an artistic mockup of a special bracelet that was commissioned from the company, presumably for Gehrig's wife, in 1937. The bracelet is comprised of four pieces replicating the tops of each of the following New York Yankees World Series rings: 1927, 1928, 1932, and 1936, plus four specially designed pieces commemorating Gehrig's appearances in the 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1937 All-Star Games (each All-Star piece commemorates a single year, with the exception of the center piece, which is the largest and most ornate of the four, and which commemorates the 1935 and 1937 games). Two baseball-bat charms adorn either end of the bracelet. The second photo pictures a trophy commissioned by the Yankees that was presented to Gehrig on Lou Gehrig Day, held at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. Incredibly, both the bracelet and trophy are recorded on the two file cards included here. Each card records, by year, each of the items ordered by the New York Yankees from Dieges & Clust from 1938 through 1949. Among the information noted on the accompanying cards are the item, date ordered, lettering, description, and cost. In an entry dated 1/6/38, the card records an order for "Pendant for Lou Gehrig bracelet." Another entry, on the second card, dated 6/17/39, records an order for a "Trophy to Lou Gehrig," which is described as "SS Special Etched Trophy Mounted on ebony base." One of the cards lists orders from 4/26/39 through 12/27/39, all of which are recorded on the front. The other card lists orders from 1/6/38 through 9/18/47, with most of the 1940 orders noted on the reverse. Each card (8 x 5 inches) displays a few minor creases and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The photograph (10 x 8 inches) displays a number of minor creases and is in Very Good condition. Total: 4 items (2 photos and 2 order cards).
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 $960
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