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Rare Vintage Baseball Doorstop
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,560
This unique cast-iron door stop, weighing forty-three ounces, depicts a pitcher, batter, and catcher, with the words "Base Ball" lettered along the front of the base. No manufacturer's stamping or date are evident. Collectors will immediately recognize the three figures here as those depicted on the classic "Dark Town Battery" mechanical bank, which was manufactured by the J & E Stevens Company of Cromwell, Connecticut, in the 1880s. This is the only example of this doorstop we have ever seen and it first appeared at auction as Lot 222 in Lelands' December 2012 sale (realized $1,361). It has been consigned directly from the original purchaser at Lelands. The doorstop (7.5 x 2.5 x 6.25 inches), which displays moderate wear, has a speck of red paint on the catching figure, perhaps suggesting that it was fully painted when originally produced. This is an extremely rare and unusual figural baseball piece and one that would be at home in many different types of collections, as well as make a fine companion piece to either the Dark Town Battery bank or trade card. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $1,560
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