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Circa Late 1860s Hand-Colored Team CDV
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
This remarkable team CDV pictures six uniformed players posing in a formal studio setting, with both a period bat and ball displayed. What sets this example apart from nearly all other circa 1860s CDVs is the fact that portions of the uniform have been exquisitely hand-colored (an art form that enjoyed great popularity in that era but which is rarely seen on baseball CDVs). Even more unusual is the presence of a colored bouquet of flowers held by the player seated in the center. While we cannot say definitively one way or the other because the contrast of the photo is light, it might be possible that the players here are women. If so, it would certainly be one of the earliest extant images of a women's baseball team. Like the majority of team and player CDVs, the only clue we have with regard to the team's identification is the photographer's credit stamp on the reverse that reads "W. Oglivie Successor to S. S. Hull Photograper/No. 14 Public Square Wilke's Barre, PA." The CDV (2.25 x 4 inches) displays a small tear along the base of the mount (no paper loss) and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480
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