Lot # 22: Circa 1862 Abner Doubleday CDV (Mathew Brady)

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 8 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2019",
which ran from 7/26/2019 12:15 PM to
8/18/2019 6:00 PM

Circa 1862 carte-de-visite photograph of Civil War general Abner Doubleday posing with an unidentified woman. The faded black-ink notation "Gen. Doubleday + Lady" appears along the base of the mount. The formal studio image captures Doubleday seated in full military attire, with the woman standing by his side. As noted by the proprietary stamp on the reverse, this CDV was published by E. & H. T. Anthony of New York from a photographic negative in Mathew Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Doubleday is credited with firing the first shot at Fort Sumter during the Civil War, and also saw action at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. In 1907 the Mills Commission named him the inventor of baseball. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the myth still persists to this day. While most scholars agree that Doubleday did not invent the game of baseball, his name is still very much a part of baseball lore, especially in its connection to the Hall of Fame. When Doubleday passed away in 1893, his obituary described him as a man "who did not care for outdoor sports." The CDV (2.5 x 4 inches) remains in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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