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1912 New York Giants Hatband Tobacco Premium
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $711
Extremely rare and decorative silk hat band issued in commemoration of the 1912 New York Giants pennant-winning season. Over the past 40+ years, we have only seen three different teams from this extremely rare hat-band set: the Red Sox, Giants, and A's. It is likely that these three teams represent the complete set (coincidentally, all three team examples have been consigned from one extremely advanced silk tobacco premium collection and are offered as individual lots in this auction). 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 two vertical tears. The first, located to the right of the central design area is nearly complete. The other, located just above the catcher/pitcher design on the right side, measures approximately .25 inches, but does not extend into the design. A few light scattered stains are also evident, as is a tiny chip along the top border. In 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. This is the first example of this rare silk we have ever offered and we cannot recall the last time we have seen another at public auction. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $711
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