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1890s Heubach Large Baseball Figurine - Batter
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $600
This brightly painted porcelain statue, produced in Germany by Heubach during the 1890s, depicts a baseball batter in a period uniform. (The company also produced a matching "pitcher" figure, with the statues sold in a number of different sizes ranging from 7 to 14 inches in height.) Heubach originally produced these statues as decorative accents to provide beauty to well-furnished Victorian homes, and they are still well suited for that purpose. The offered figure is one of the larger examples and measures 12.5 inches in height. Because of their fragile nature, these statues break easily. Many did not survive, and those that did are often chipped or cracked (sometimes repaired). The offered example is one of the rare exceptions and remains in Near Mint condition. (The wooden bat is not original to the piece; Heubachs are almost always found with replacement bats.) As mentioned earlier, Heubach figures were offered in several sizes (mostly smaller) with each larger size being progressively more expensive. The larger Heubach figures, which includes the offered statue, are not only rarer than their smaller counterparts (because they were initially far more expensive), but much more impressive for display. This is an exceptional example of this attractive nineteenth-century display piece and one of the finer examples we have handled. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $600
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