Lot # 2028: 1884 Providence Grays "World Champions" Figural Piece

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 10 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2018",
which ran from 4/13/2018 12:00 PM to
5/6/2018 12:00 PM

Offered here is a decorative baseball figural piece that may have been issued in commemoration of the Providence Grays 1884 World Championship season. The pieces features a generic baseball figure (3.5 inches high) standing upon a small base (3.5 x 2 x .5 inches). Displayed at the player's feet are a bat and ball. The engraving upon the base reads "Providence Grays World Champions - 1884." In examining this object it seems fairly obvious that it is not a stand-alone figural piece, but actually the lid to a small container or vessel. A faint hallmark on the underside features a large "W" around which are the words "Wallace Silver Co." Because this piece comes with no provenance and, most important, is the only such example we have ever seen, it is impossible to say with certainty that it was specially produced to commemorate the Providence Grays' 1884 World Championship (the engraving could easily date from a later time period). However, we have no doubt that it is very old, most likely dating from the 19th century, and at the very least represents an extremely attractive baseball figural piece from the era. The piece displays tarnishing consistent with its assumed age and remains in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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