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1912 Boston Red Sox Hatband Tobacco Premium
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $948
Presented is one of the most decorative tobacco premiums from the era: a 1912 Boston Red Sox World Championship silk hatband. Over the past 40+ years, we have only seen three different teams from this extremely rare hatband set: the Red Sox, Giants, A's. It is likely that these three teams represent the complete set (coincidentally, all three teams 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 Red Sox pennant that is flanked on either side by an identical Boston Red Sox motif displaying the date, "1912," above it, and the words "World's Champions" below. The design is embroidered (as opposed to printed). When worn on a hat, the pennant would be featured in the front, and the two Red Sox motifs would be seen on the sides. The silk band, which is 31 inches in length and 1.5 inches wide, displays a few folds, as well as a number of minor, scattered stains. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The text "Factory No. 7 3rd Dist. State N.Y." is stitched in white 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 first of Boston's four World Championships between the years 1912 and 1918. It should be noted that this is one of only three Red Sox examples we have seen during the past forty years! Reserve $500. Estimate 1,000+. SOLD FOR $948
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