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Dieges & Clust Metal Printing Plates and Figural Piece (3)
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $180
Collection of two Dieges & Clust printing plates and a figural piece bearing the company's name. 1) Metal printing plate (4 x 1 x .75 inches) featuring the company name ("Dieges & Clust") in script letters. 2) Metal printing plate (6.25 x 3 inches) featuring the company logo, which includes the company's name and initials, as well as a representation of an eagle head, within a triangular design. 3) Figural piece, in the shape of a soaring eagle, bearing the company name along the base. Four individual spikes protrude from the reverse. All of the items display minor surface wear and are in Excellent condition overall. The items are accompanied by a vintage, hinged Dieges & Clust jewelry case (14 x 7 x 1 inches) with blue-velvet interior. Vg Total: 3 items (2 printing plates and a figural piece).
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 $180
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