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ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Nov 26th-

Dec 3rd 2016

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- QUESTION -

WAS THIS

ABRAHAM

LINCOLN'S

NEIGHBORHOOD

GYM?

? ? ?
? ?
? ? ?

11 1/2" TALL

9 1/4" WIDE

C1864
BROADSIDE POSTER
Announcing Opening Of Abner S. Brady's 
WASHINGTON GYMNASIUM

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oc 29th-

Nov 4th 2016

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22" TALL

14" WIDE

- 1895 -

HARTFORD

HIGH SCHOOL

VS

BRIDGEPORT

HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

GAME

BROADSIDE

POSTER

FOR THE 

YALE CUP

1895 CONNECTICUT STATE  
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

Printed on Cardstock

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 28th-

July 4th 2015

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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

India and Challenge Round against Australia 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 21st-

27th 2015

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

Two-Tone Brown and Tan Leather by Samson 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June 14th-

20th 2015

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Sold For
$11,353.00
8/8/11

TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


13" Tall 

11 3/4" Wide

5 3/4" Deep 

Silver Plated Made by

Dieges & Clust 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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48" WIDE

21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

ADVERTISING

SIGN

48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 31st-

June 6th 2015

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c1900 PORCELAIN STEIN 
FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
5 3/4" tall

One of the finest antique sports steins

Carlton has seen!

American made

in Trenton N.J.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 24th-

30th 2015

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c1930 DIE

CUT METAL

FOOTBALL

PLAYER

ADVERTISING

SIGN


 
20" tall 

with stand 
 Unique Puzzling sign of unknown

product

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May 17th-

23rd 2015

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c1889 Board Game

THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL


 
By McLoughlin Bros.
Commem-

orating Albert Spalding's 1889 world baseball tour

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Jan 11th-

17th 2015

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c1910 

A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

12" T x 13" W 
Presented To 
BESSEMER ATHLETIC CLUB
Bessemer Alabama
Of Greater Birmingham City League

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Nov 23rd - 29th 2014

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c1900

RUDOLPH

SANTELL

STRONGMAN

EXHIBITION

BROADSIDE

POSTER

Santell Gallery Thumb.jpg (225443 bytes)

Sat in 

Carlton's

eBay watch

list 2 years...

finally the Carltonator

pulled the trigger

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept 28th-

Oct 4th 2013

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c1948

Jack Kramer

vs.

Bobby Riggs

World Champship.

Tennis Match

BROADSIDE

POSTER

27" X 21"


ANOTHER

OF CARLTON'S

HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN FEATURES

Antique 

street fair big fat zero..then I walked by a pool hall… 

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SOLD FOR

$1,600.00

ALL-HEIL

HIGH WHEEL

BICYCLE

STEIN

c1890

19 1/2" tall

By Mettlach


Best bicycle

stein you'll ever see!

High Wheel Stein Stitch.jpg (36595 bytes)

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

April 28th-

May 4th 2013

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c1920

HURDLER

STATUE

By Chiparus

Hurdler Installed Side Close.JPG (174422 bytes)

19" tall

Once owned 

by former

BASEBALL

COMMISIONER

PETER

UEBERROTH

Plus Bonus

160

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OF THE

4/14/13

ROSE

BOWL

FLEA

MARKET

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

March 23rd-

30th 2013

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C1930 15" tall

- Die Cut -

KEDS

 BASKETBALL 

SHOES

ADVERTISING 

DISPLAY

Auctioned by

Legendary

Auctions.com 

Feb. 2013

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Feb 24th-

March 2nd 2013

c1892

SPALDING'S

FOOT-BALL

WOODEN

SHIPPING

CRATE

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Carlton Got

OUTBID

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about it

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A SPECIAL CARLTON

EXCURSION

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NATIONAL 

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FEDERATION OF 
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COLLECTORS

  EXPO 

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 July 27-29th 2012, Grand Sierra Resort 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

 - Nov. 25th-

Dec. 1st

2012

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June 22nd

1877
WESTERN

UNION TELEGRAPH

SENT BY 

E.V. BAKER

CONVEYING

SCORE OF

HARVARD VS

YALE

BASE BALL

GAME

HARVARD 10

YALE 1
Likely

sent by

famed Yale

foot ball

pioneer

Eugene V. 

Baker

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

November

11th- 17th

2012

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C1920 MULTI SPORT 

TABLE

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Greatest Multi

Sport Table Extant

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Oct. 28th 

- Nov. 3rd

2012

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C1890
RAH RAH TOBACCO POUCH 
Best football themed tobacco pouch ever produced 

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Sept. 30th 

- Oct 6th

2012

CanoeSideWays.JPG (16343 bytes)

c1921

SILVER

PLATE CANOEING TROPHY

by 

Derby Silver Co.

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

Feb. 26th 

- Mar. 4th

2011

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c1890

STERLING

SILVER

FOOTBALL

FLASK

By

Tiffany & Co.

Only known

example

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

FEB. 

12TH- 19TH 2011

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 ANOTHER

CARLTON

ROAD TRIP TO THE ROSE BOWL FLEA MRKT
FEB 13TH 2011
PASADENA ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET

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Sept. 25th 

- Oct 15th

2010

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Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

PORTLAND

EXPO 

ANTIQUES

SHOW

July 9- 11 2010

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

June26th 

- July 2nd

2010

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SPECIAL

EXCURSION

FEATURE

Carlton's Road Trip

TO THE

ROSE 

BOWL

FLEA

MRKT.

PASADENA 

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& EQUIPMENT 1840-1940 

Baseball Football Basketball

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John Gennantonio

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

December

20th- 26th

2009

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C1890 VICTORIAN 
MOVEABLE 

DIE CUT 
FOOTBALL PLAYER
 
DELUXE 

EXTRA LARGE & EMBOSSED  

13" tall 

10 1/2" wide 

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Circa 1876  BASEBALL CLOCK STORY

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One of the authors 

favorites!

READ ABOUT THE WORLD'S FINEST BASEBALL CLOCK

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 18th-14th

2009

RedLeftClose.JPG (855308 bytes)

c1950

Brayton Laguna

Black 

Boxers Statues

11" tall 

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  STORY

JOE LOUIS 

ARMY RECRUITMENT POSTER STORY

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 READ THE INTEREST. BACKGROUND OF 

THIS RARE POSTER

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH

22nd- 28th 

2009

PowerboatCrop.jpg (27418 bytes)

c1912

POWER

BOAT 

PRINT 

5ft. wide

 2ft. tall 

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Circa 1891

Tiffany & Co.

YALE 

FOOTBALL MATCH  SAFE

  Story

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TO ENLARGE

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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MARCH 29th- 

APRIL 4th 

2009

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c1880

BASEBALL

CLOCK

New Haven

Clock Co.

20 1/4" wide 15 1/5" tall  

6 3/4" deep

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Circa 1910

ELLENSBURG WASHINGTON

FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO STORY

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE ON A CLASSIC EARLY FOOTBALL TEAM PHOTO


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

APRIL

19th- 25th 

2009

BowlingChairBack.jpg (33206 bytes)

c1910 
MISSION OAK STYLE 
ROCKING CHAIR WITH
BOWLING SCENE
39" tall 

33 3/4" wide 

40 1/2" deep

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CARLTON'S PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF GETTING 

Joe DiMaggio's

AUTOGRAPH

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One of the authors 

favorites!

MEETS AND TALKS TO THE YANKEE CLIPPER

Previously published in 

Sports Collectors Digest Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY 

3rd- 9th

2009

JoeMartyCrop.jpg (27625 bytes)

C1940's 
JOE MARTY'S 
BAR AND 

GRILL

NEON BASEBALL SIGN
7 Ft wide 

4 1/2 Ft. tall

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Circa 1890

HIGH WHEELER

FIGURE Story

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE 

TO SEE A RARE EXAMPLE  OF AN 

EARLY HIGH WHEEL BICYCLE FIGURAL


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

10th- 16th 

2009

bbglass.jpg (21613 bytes)

C1890 
Mary Gregory/

Bohemian Style 
BASEBALL MOTIF LEMONADE SET

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19th Century 

ESTES PROFESSIONAL

BASEBALL BAT STORY

Estes in case.JPG (84750 bytes) 

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One of the authors favorites!

READ THIS TALE OF HOW THE ESTES BAT WAS FINALLY

ACQUIRED 12 YEARS  AFTER LOSING IT!

Previously publish.

in Sports Collectors Digest Magazine


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SPORTS

ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

MAY

24th- 30th 

2009

ABSprecklesGal.JPG (20374 bytes)

c1930 

A. B.

SPRECKLES 

CUP GOLF TROPHY

STERLING

21" W 18" T

PRESENTATION

SILVER 

BY REED AND  BARTON 

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Circa 1887

Reed and Barton Silver Plate Football 

Box Story

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GREATEST FOOTBALL BOX EVER MADE 


c1896 PRANG

FOOTBALL CALENDAR STORY

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One of the authors favorites!

Previously pub. in  Sports Collectors Digest Magazine & The Antique Trader


Circa 1907

Kayser Sohn

HORSE AND JOCKEY INKWELL

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THE FINEST

HORSE-

RACING

INKWELL 

EVER MADE


Circa 1900

VIENNA

TENNIS

BRONZE

Story 

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5 Inches Tall

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READ THIS SHORT ARTICLE TO SEE ONE OF THE GREATEST AND RAREST

VIENNA TENNIS BRONZES EVER PRODUCED


Circa 1889

GAIL AND AX 

 TOBACCO ADVERTISING POSTER WITH

JOHN L. SULLIVAN

Story

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ANTIQUE OF THE WEEK

May

16th-22nd 2010

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14" T

10 3/4" IMPERIAL  

CABINET PHOTO 

OF
1888 Yale Baseball 
Team Pitcher

AMOS ALONZO STAGG

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OF THE

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SportsAntiques.com

with Carlton Hendricks on

Vintage Athletic Display

A LOOK AT EXCEPTIONAL DISPLAY PIECES 

found at shows, auctions and elsewhere

 

© Copyright 2003 Carlton Hendricks All rights reserved


Today's Feature

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Circa 1887

Reed and Barton
Silver Plate Football Box

 


MADE BY: Reed and Barton Silversmiths
DIMENSIONS: 
3 ¾ inches – Tall: to top of ball 
6 11/16 inches - Wide 
5 ¼ inches – Deep
Ball on top of lid: 
1 3/16 inches long 
3/16 inches across

 

 

“The little football on the lid perfectly resembles the oversized balls of the 1880’s, which today’s collectors refer to as a “melon ball”. The ball, which acts as a handle to pull the lid up, measures 1 3/16 inches long by 3/16 inches across, and has seams and grip laces carefully engraved onto it, to emulate a real four panel football. In my eighteen plus years in the hobby, I’ve never seen football formally represented in an art piece like this. It’s a pretty sure bet this is the finest football box that was ever made."

 

 

By

Carlton Hendricks

 

One of the most exciting things about this incredible circa 1887 box is that it is American. Though its design has somewhat of an English feel, which we’ll look into later in this examination, it is nevertheless, thoroughly American, made in America for the American market. The Reed and Barton Company of Taunton Massachusetts, who produced this box, was founded in 1824, and is still in business today. I contacted them to see if they could provide any information on it, and was told they produced and sold these between 1887 and 1910. However, this is only the second one I’ve seen in eighteen years. I’ve also seen a matching shaving cup, and napkin ring P1/P2/P3, which they didn’t mention. They also confirmed that this box was made in two sizes, larger and smaller. The one we examine here is the smaller version being 3 ¾ inches tall (to the top of the ball), by 6 11/16 inches wide, by 5 ¼ inch deep. The other version, which I have an in my collection, measures 3 ¾ inches tall (to the top of the ball), by 8 ¾ inches wide, by 5 ¼ inches deep.

 

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Photo from the Reed and Barton files

 

Reed and Barton was kind enough to email me what appears to be a very old, period photograph of the two versions side by side, which they located in their records.


THE FOOTBALL SCENE

The box is surrounded on all four sides with the identical relief of a football game in progress. The depiction is full of the action and force of an actual game. The detail is remarkable; it’s possible the artist may have worked at least partially from a photograph. We see a number of trees in the near and distant background, with no leaves on them, which is accurate for the fall football season. One building can be seen in the distance, connected to a tall tower type structure. This may represent a clock tower of a college campus. Harvard University was only about thirty miles from Taunton, and had one of the most famous football teams of the era. It’s very likely the artist of this box saw football played there, and modeled their design from it. 

 

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Close up, front panel 


In the distance there are roughly sixteen heads of spectators, as well as what appears to be a uniformed player on the right, perhaps a referee, not playing, but watching from a distance; his hands on his hips and legs spread. Behind the spectators, appears to be a stone wall. To the right of the watching player, close in at corners edge, is another possible referee/uniformed player, who also appears not to be playing, but is hunched forward in the grip of excitement, as he watches the play. The ball carrier, who’s centrifugal force has his body out in front of his legs, is being stopped by a tackler in front of him, who has grabbed him at his waist. On the other side of the ball carrier, an offensive player is reaching with both arms, over and under, to try to snatch the ball from the ball carrier. Underneath them is a player that has been knocked to the ground, who the ball snatcher has stepped over, with a great stride. 

 


CENTER AXIS
An important precept of art is that a picture or scene revolve around a center axis. The center axis of this scene would be the reversed V-shaped stride of the ball snatcher, and his interaction with the ball carrier. This center axis, or center of the action, exemplifies the realism and energy the artist imparted, and his or hers prowess as a sculptor. Behind the ball snatcher are three other players in the background, possibly offensive, closing in on the ball carrier. To their left, in the front of the scene, with his backside to us, appears to be a defensive player blocking a would be tackler. To the left of them, comes another player running at full speed, back foot in the air, apparently to help block. Behind him, a fallen player on the ground is apparently starting to get up. The busyness continues above that fallen player, with two conjoined players, their arms around each other. Obviously the player on the right is blocking the would be tackler on the left. To the left of them, at the very left corner edge of the scene is another player running towards the scrimedge. 

 

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Close up, miniature football lid handle 


MINIATURE FOOTBALL ON LID
The little football on the lid perfectly resembles the oversized balls of the 1880’s, which today’s collectors refer to as a “melon ball”. The ball, which acts a handle to pull the lid up, measures 1 3/16 inches long by 3/16 inches across, and has seams and grip laces carefully engraved onto it, to emulate a real four panel football. In my eighteen plus years in the hobby, I’ve never seen football formally represented in an art piece like this. It’s a pretty sure bet this is the finest football box that was ever made.


AMERICAN FOOTBALL DEFINED
When I first saw this box, my initial impression was that it looked a little English, until I closely examined the uniforms, plus saw that Reed and Barton had made it. Nineteenth century English football players wore shorts, whereas the players on our box are wearing the traditional over the knee style football pants, commonly worn by American football players then. Further, all the players are wearing the classic tight fitting canvas football smock. These were also commonly worn by American football players in the 1880’s, and were invented by L.P. Smock of Princeton in 1877. 


1880’s ERA DEFINED
Since we know Reed and Barton starting selling these in 1887, we know the design predates their 1887 offering. To further establish the time this box was designed, we see the players are not wearing headgear. The head harness, which evolved into the helmet, came into use about the early 1890’s, so we again establish the scene to be pre 90’s. Since the players are wearing the football smocks, which were invented by L.P. Smock of Princeton in 1877, we can therefore narrow the time frame this box was designed down to a ten-year window, between 1877 and 1887 when Reed and Barton began selling them.


REED AND BARTON, AN INSTITUTION
During The 19th and early 20th century, Reed and Barton was one of the largest, and most successful silver companies in the United States. The story of how the company evolved from an 1824 workshop, into a highly structured, and industrialized factory, over a one hundred year period, is an interesting one. Like any such company, it was made up of three basic entities, 1. Accounting, 2. Sales and Marketing, and 3. Production. Production had the most direct bearing on the final product. Within the production department, were the company’s two most defining and creative divisions. One was the production technicians who crafted the wares. This highly skilled, and specialized team of artesians included burnishers, platers, diesinkers, spinners, and more. Within the community of these craftsman was an entire world and culture unto itself, with its own rules, politics, and pecking order. Production is almost always the unsung hero of a company. When a smiling, impeccably dressed sales clerk, with a pencil moustache, and bow tie pulled a Reed and Barton piece out of the display case, for a customer to examine, rarely was any thought given to the production process and skill that went into producing it.

 
THE DESIGNERS 
The other most defining and creative division of the production department was the designers who designed the wares. Apparently by 1874 the company became fully aware of the importance of design. On September 4th of that year, a Mr. W. C. Beattie was brought from England, and became Reed and Barton’s first full-time designer. Beattie was the Chief Designer at the time our football box was produced. By 1889 there were twenty-four men working in Reed and Barton’s design department. Between 1874 and 1890, the design department became so highly regarded, that its designers were afforded very special treatment in that every convenience they needed was provided. Even to the extent that each principle designer was provided their own locked room, where they could work uninterrupted from anything that would impede their creativity. It was in one of these rooms that our box would have been designed.

 

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Lid up, inside view

 

THE ENGLISH DESIGN INFLUENCE
It appears around half the Reed and Barton designers were foreign born and trained, as was common in the silver industry. The influence of the European training these designers brought with them, no doubt lent its self to designing the many varied styles of decorative silver, which the American public demanded in the late 19th century. The English, who have long been very proud of their sporting history, employed the same style of Bas-Relief work in their early sports plaques that was used on our football box. It’s very possible Beattie or another English born designer may have drawn their inspiration from such works, when designing our box. 


REED AND BARTON’S QUALITY 
Throughout the companies most historical and influential years, from 1824 to 1924, the quality of their wares was always the top priority. It’s reported that the ageing company patriarch Henry Reed, once grabbed an imperfect piece of ware from the hands of a workman, crumpled it on the floor with his heel, exclaiming…”We don’t make seconds in this factory”. To this day, an antiques dealer is quick to inform a prospective customer “that was made by Reed and Barton”. 


IMPORTANT AMERICAN ART
This is certainly an important American work of art. Not only is it the only box I know of with a 19th century football art relief; it’s the only example of a 19th century football art relief I know of period. football art doesn’t get much better than this. The exact designer of this incredible piece remains unknown, but what is known for sure, is that whoever designed it, made one of the finest, American football decorative art pieces our country ever produced. 

 

 

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c1930 

A. B.

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33 3/4" wide 

40 1/2" deep

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6 3/4" deep

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Tiffany & Co.

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Brayton Laguna

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DIE CUT 
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June 22nd

1877
WESTERN

UNION TELEGRAPH

SENT BY 

E.V. BAKER

CONVEYING

SCORE OF

HARVARD VS

YALE

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GAME

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- Die Cut -

KEDS

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SHOES

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HURDLER

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By Chiparus

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19" tall

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PETER

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HIGH WHEEL

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c1890

19 1/2" tall

By Mettlach


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c1948

Jack Kramer

vs.

Bobby Riggs

World Champship.

Tennis Match

BROADSIDE

POSTER

27" X 21"


ANOTHER

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c1900

RUDOLPH

SANTELL

STRONGMAN

EXHIBITION

BROADSIDE

POSTER

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Sat in 

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c1910 

A. J. Reach Sporting Goods Trophy

12" T x 13" W 
Presented To 
BESSEMER ATHLETIC CLUB
Bessemer Alabama
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c1889 Board Game

THE WORLD'S

GAME OF

BASEBALL


 
By McLoughlin Bros.
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ating Albert Spalding's 1889 world baseball tour

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CUT METAL

FOOTBALL

PLAYER

ADVERTISING

SIGN


 
20" tall 

with stand 
 Unique Puzzling sign of unknown

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May 31st-

June 6th 2015

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c1900 PORCELAIN STEIN 
FEATURING BICYCLE RACE SCENE 
BY LENOX 


 
5 3/4" tall

One of the finest antique sports steins

Carlton has seen!

American made

in Trenton N.J.

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30th 2015

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48" WIDE

21" TALL

c1920 

YALE

LAUNDRY

ADVERTISING

SIGN

48" W x 21" T 

PORCELAIN ON STEEL

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$11,353.00
8/8/11

TY COBB 
"SAFE" TROPHY


13" Tall 

11 3/4" Wide

5 3/4" Deep 

Silver Plated Made by

Dieges & Clust 

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27th 2015

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Exceptional 

c1900 ICE SPEED SKATES


Remarkable

Two-Tone Brown and Tan Leather by Samson 

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July 4th 2015

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1968 

DAVIS CUP Inter-Zonal Zone
FIRST ROUND
MATCH POSTER

14" x 11" 

U.S. 1968 DAVIS CUP CHAMPIONS

United States proceeded to win the Final Round against 

India and Challenge Round against Australia 

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Nov 4th 2016

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22" TALL

14" WIDE

- 1895 -

HARTFORD

HIGH SCHOOL

VS

BRIDGEPORT

HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL

GAME

BROADSIDE

POSTER

FOR THE 

YALE CUP

1895 CONNECTICUT STATE  
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 

Printed on Cardstock

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Dec 3rd 2016

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WAS THIS

ABRAHAM

LINCOLN'S

NEIGHBORHOOD

GYM?

? ? ?
? ?
? ? ?

11 1/2" TALL

9 1/4" WIDE

C1864
BROADSIDE POSTER
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WASHINGTON GYMNASIUM

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