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Circa 1926 New York Giants Football Medallion Die (Dieges & Clust Archives)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,200
Original Dieges & Clust metal die used to manufacture a jewelry piece for the New York Giants football club. The octagonal die (2.25 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches in height) displays the jewelry design, as well as the die number (026954), which is located on the side. On all of the other Dieges & Clust production dies we have handled, the first digit is always zero and the next two numbers represent the year it was produced. Given that knowledge, it appears that this die dates to 1926, which was just the second year in New York Giants franchise history. The design features a large depiction of a football, in which is pictured a player punting a football. The lettering reads "New York Foot Ball Giants - Polo Grounds." It should be noted that the club was legally named the "New York Football Giants" at the time of its formation so as not to be confused with the New York Giants baseball team. We do not know exactly what piece this die was crafted for, but it was most likely a stick pin or medallion. This is both a rare and interesting New York Giants football item dating from the dawn of its franchise history.
This is one of six Dieges & Clust production dies offered in this auction, all of which originate from the family of a former company executive. They were initially obtained by the executive when all of the company's documents, records, dies, and other production-related materials were being discarded after Dieges & Clust 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. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,200
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