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1912 New York Giants Hatband Tobacco Premium

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360

Extremely rare and decorative silk hat band issued in commemoration of the 1912 New York Giants pennant-winning season. Over more than forty years, we have only seen three different teams from this extremely rare hatband set: the Red Sox, Giants, and A's. It is likely that these three teams represent the complete set. During the early 1900s a straw hat was the norm for any gentleman attending a ball game. Since most straw hats looked alike, it was only natural that someone would come up with a way for a fan to distinguish himself from the crowd and, at the same time, to declare his allegiance to the home club. The answer was a silk band to be worn around the top. The ornate tricolor design features a Giants pennant that is flanked on either side by an identical batter-and-catcher motif and the lettering "1912/National League Champions." The design is embroidered (as opposed to printed). When worn on a hat, the pennant would be featured in the front, and the batter/catcher design would be seen on the sides. The silk band, which is 31 inches in length and 1.5 inches wide, displays a complete vertical tear 2.75 inches to the right of the catcher/pitcher design. A second tear, located just above the catcher/pitcher design on the right side, measures approximately .25 inches, but does not extend into the design. Two additional near-complete vertical tears have been repaired on the reverse. A few light scattered stains are also evident, as is a tiny chip along the top border. In Fair to Good condition overall, but as can easily be seen, with a far superior overall appearance. The text "Factory No. 7 3rd Dist. State N.Y." is stitched in blue at one end of the piece, and "Egyptienne Luxury" at the other end. This is both a rare tobacco premium and a very attractive, ideal-for-display souvenir commemorating the second of New York's four pennants between the years 1911 and 1917. SOLD FOR $360

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