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Dieges & Clust Athletic Charms Salesman's-Sample Collection (38)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
Dieges & Clust salesman's sample case housing thirty-eight small gold-colored athletic charms. Nearly every sport imaginable is represented by a charm in this case, many more than once. Among the sports represented here (with the number of charms for each sport noted in parentheses) are baseball, football (5), soccer (4), golf (2 balls and 2 clubs), bowling (2 pins, 1 ball, and 1 pin-and-ball design), skiing (2, one attached to a tie clip), lacrosse, hockey, field hockey, rowing, badminton, cricket, fencing (2), tennis, gymnastics, skating, shooting, table tennis, track, and archery. Nearly all of the charms display the Dieges & Clust name on the reverse. Nr-Mt condition overall. The black-leather salesman's sample box (7 x 7 x 1 inches) is lettered "Dieges & Clust/Athletic Charms" on the front flap. Purple velvet interior with a number of clasps and depressions to hold the charms. Ex. Total: 38 charms in their original salesman's sample box.
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 $480
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