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Posted 10/31/22


Carlton bid $510.00...went for $540.00

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Hi Carlton, good to hear from you... No, I don't have that tin. Extreme rare. And no other tins like that.
Cheers, Jan

Jan Goedhart, Gouda, Netherlands, eBay handle: tincollectors


Monday 10/31/22

Here's my weekend report....I got outbid on this rare c1925 advertising tin on Saturday for Pascall's candy...out of Morford's Auction...I gave it all I could so I don't feel bad...but it would have gone great in my tin collection...It's an English tin...I had never heard of Pascall's but it's a major brand that started in London in the 1870's.....then migrated to Australia and New Zeeland...still around today...This is a rare's the only example I've ever seen...I checked with my Euro tin sources Jan Goedhart and Nigel Scott the two biggest dealers in European tins and they both confirmed as much it's rare...Nigel speculated this may have been the same example he sold on eBay for $475.00...My take once again...good boat stuff prices are nuts...I've seen boat signs go way over the top I would have expected...I would speculate why this tin is so rare is children would play with them...then typically the tops would get separated and lost...and eventually they would be discarded...The colors really make it...Navy, yellow and red...

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Posted 10/19/22




- Untouched from the 19th-early 20th century -

How it could have survived in such incredible condition is amazing!!!

Seller said believed to have come from the Wyoming/Utah region

Clearly appears homemade folk art


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Posted 9/23/22 - (November 2020 pick-up)

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Picked this up in an auction in Belgium…friend tipped me off to it…I prefer American but this was too cool to pass up…These city to city races were popular with motorcycles and autos in the teens and twenties in Western Europe…I gather this Liege to Paris to Liege race was a major race…but I’ve had a hard time researching it because I don’t know the go to people in Europe and the language barrier….the three major languages spoken in Belgium are Dutch, French, and German…Liege was I think the second largest city in Belgium next to Brussels…ya learn a lot collecting!…I think most Americans find this all curious but from what I’ve seen motorcycle racing was no less popular in Europe than it was here…maybe more so…Italy, Germany, France….they were all motorcycle crazy back in the early days of the teens and twenties…Below are some key questions I would like to learn about this statue.

1. Was it a trophy?
2. Was it a souvenir?
3. Who made it?
4. How many were made?
5. Were similar statues made for other races?
6. How many contestants competed in the race?
7. Who won the race?



End of 9/20/22 post - 1921 plaster motorcycle statue






posted 9/18/22

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Saturday 9/17/22
So yesterday I get up at 5:15 A.M. and drive 2 ½ hours to a western antiques show in Nevada City CA…all that time, missed sleep, and not to mention $gas$...and all I got was a motorcycle sheet music for mc sheet music.jpg (776868 bytes) $40.00…Hit the one store in nearby Grass Valley….zero…hit couple shops in Marysville…zero…and that was it…off to grocery shopping and back home…up at 8:00 A.M. and drove 45 min. to a bottle show in Santa Rosa CA…zilch zero…nada…So fine…I head home and stop in Calistoga CA…went to an antiques store I used to stop at and was turned into some kind of wine tasting deal with a few wine antiques as props…I guess…So across the street is some funky antiques shop in an old home…I walk in curious since the whole antiquing landscape seemed to have changed since I last was there…maybe two or three years…So I walk up in the porch area and there’s a 12ft. c1920 decorated English college sweep oar hanging…cool but the blade was ¾ gone worn away…the fragment left still had the painted times…interesting but no…so I mosey around and stroll into a room and see this Cricket Goods advertising sign…talk about hit ya between the eyes when you’re not expecting it (it was the Lord no question)…I was so worn out from the last couple days looking for something…I was dazed and just stared at it like is this a joke…So I buy it and cart it off to my truck…drove to a shady park area where I could examine more…shooting text photos to my buddy Ryan Sims down in Yorba Linda…sharing the excitement while confirming it’s real not a re-pop…Ryan goes…get it out of the frame…so I get home and undo the weird 1980’s metal frame and pop it out…my gosh it was real as rain…the back and edges said it all…sigh of relief…I could feel the gentle rain of dollar bills floating down on me…as I bought it right…But it’s a keeper I think…as I told Ryan…if you’re gonna have a cricket sign, which I don’t collect…this is it…the embossed lettering is very defined almost 1/8” deep…


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I have a mountaineering themed cognac sign about the same c1900 vintage that’s almost exactly the same size and v similar color lithography...except its a horizontal format…So now I have two great graphic European, off the reservation, sports signs of similar size and format…sort of a pair…


Addenda 9/23/22

I got this email below from esteemed antique advertising tin dealer Nigel Scott in England which sheds some important light on this sign...


Nigel Scott eBay Store


Mon 9/19/2022 12:11 PM
Subject: Bryan's Cricket sign 

Hi Carlton, 
Thanks for replying. I read your blog about the sign. Great to hear the back story, you are one lucky guy. I had the cricket sign years ago. I bought both The Football one & cricket one from a local antiques dealer. The guy had cleared out an old shop, years back, in my town ( Olney, UK) 

The Football one ( which I still own) had been slightly trimmed on the bottom & had been used to board up an attic window in the shop. 

The cricket one was in excellent condition. I foolish sold the cricket one about 25 years ago because I was broke & needed the money. The buyer (luckily) didn’t want the Football one. Which is now displayed proudly in my office. 

I had another sign from the same antique dealer. It’s a card sign, but a lovely image & also from Bryan’s. Pic below. 

Cheers Nigel 


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End of 9/18/22 Latest Greatest - Cricket Goods Sign





Posted 9/11122 



Weekend Wrap-up


It was a heck of a weekend for collecting....Started Friday Sept. 9th with the Pacific Coast Gas Bash held at Fred Stokes place in Santa Rosa Calif...Then Sunday 9/11/22 I hit the French antiques Market at the Marin Civic Center parking lot...found nothing zeroed out...But went to a very nice church afterwards about 3 minutes away...Bay Marin Church...nice visit friendly people...and they had a taco feed after service...Afterwards stopped at Urban Ore in Berkeley before heading over to my friend Pat Nester's home in San Francisco to buy an important motorcycle poster. 


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 Walker's Billiard Parlor sign purchased at Sept 2022 Pacific Coast Gas Bash


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Advertising token for Walker's Billiard Parlor purchased on eBay post gas bash



Back to the Friday Gas Bash...I was up at there 6:00am with a flashlight...Really I wouldn't call it a bang-up was good...but I think the heat wave Northern California had that week put a dampner billiards sign as first seen.jpg (491695 bytes)on it...not as big a crowd I expected and seemed like there should have been more dealers...Nevertheless it was fun....and I did make covered t.jpg (1151248 bytes)one find from renown sign dealer Bob Porter from Cypress, CA near Disneyland...He always lays out his whole arsenal of great signs on tarps on the ground...I spotted this billiard parlor sign at 6:20 A.M....twenty minutes after I got there....but I didn't buy it for another hour...the price was more than I could swallow...I came back later and made an offer...Bob is such a gentleman he just calmly said "Carlton I paid more than that, it came out of a collection"...I went away for a bit and decided to just go get it...Where in the world would I ever find another billiards sign from Chico...There are a lot of collectors of historical northern California signs and I figured I could find a buyer if I decided to sell it...


As typical at these early morning shows, I'm not a morning person and was still waking up...So I bought it in a bit of a fog...But as I came to walking the show I realized what a great piece it was and I was glad I bit the bullet...It's what's called a first they are light weight metal and theoretically you can hang them up with tacks...That's nice and all but I think I want the edges protected so I plan to get it framed...a black frame with set it off well I think...It's one of those buys the more I look at it the more I'm glad I got it...Researching it was remarkably easy...I even found a photo of the inside of the billiard hall...


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So on to the motorcycle poster...after a quick stop at Urban ore in Berkeley I headed over to Pat's apartment in San Francisco...A friend of his got this poster in Michigan...where the race was...I'm always interested in early motorcycle posters but this one is for the national championship...The Jack Pine Run was the championship for enduro racing for the United States from 1923 until the early 1960's...Endurance racing is a different ball game than track racing...very demanding riding thru back roads....forests and waterways...very rugged...I have antique motorcycle race posters, which are rare...but this was a chance to add enduro racing in my collection...A photo of Oscar Lenz is featured on the poster. He was one of the founders of the race and won it seven times...


I kept wondering who Jack Pine was…I figured he must have started the race or something…turned out Jack Pine is a type of pine tree from the region…So I believe the race is named Jack Pine because the course is laid out thru a terrain of Jack Pines...


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So while I was at Pat's he pulls out this killer little powerboat program that I had to have...For the uninitiated 1915 powerboat racing programs don't surface often...and I was real glad to add this to my powerboat collection...It's a very positive thing with can often research them by the names and numbers on their bow...I wish I had time to do some deep research on the boats referenced in this program...FYI...1915 was essentially right after the hydroplane was introduced about 1912....leaving behind the era of dispersion type powerboats that plowed thru water not over it like the hydroplane...So we're talking pioneer era of powerboating here...



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End of Sept. 2022 Gas Bash Weekend Coverage




Posted 9/12/22


Latest Pickup August 25th 2022 - Powerboat Stained Glass Panel

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Here's my latest greatest...Now this would be a perfect example of you just don't know what's out there...never would I have imagined such a's my first stained glass in 35 years collecting...The older gentleman I got it from was the Detroit suburb of Garden City...His daughter acted as my contact person. He was told it came from the legendary Gar Wood mansion on Grayhaven Island...that would be Gar Wood the legendary Detroit industrialist and world champion speed boat exciting as that story was...based on the  T 41 bow number the story just didn't add up...If someone was going to make a stained glass of Gar Wood in a speed boat it would be of him in one of the ten Miss America boats he won the world championship with nine times 1920-1933. His $3,500.00 price was based on it being Gar I tactfully sent the email below:


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Detroit Suburb of Garden City, from whence our stained glass hails. 
Sat in basement 40 years after purchased in Detroit antiques store



Hi…Carlton Hendricks here…I’m a collector of early powerboat racing and really like your stained glass…However I cannot connect the T-41 on the boat with Gar Wood…Gar Wood won all his championship races with the Miss America boats…there were ten of them…all with Miss America followed by the roman numeral of its linage…i.e. “Miss America VII…Miss America VIII…etc….I can’t find any boat titled T-41 associated with Gar Wood…So it’s a mystery to me…nevertheless I’m making a $REDACTED$ offer as it’s still great looking…
Kindly –carlton


The sellers daughter called and said as much thanks for the offer but her dad felt it was worth much more than my offer...I asked her to find out what the least he would take...She came back with $3,000.00...I was leaving shortly for a vacation to L.A. for the Glendale show and Long Beach Flea...and 3g's would be a vacation I said as much I'd revisit it after I got back...So I hit L.A. hard over the weekend....found Sunday afternoon I texted an offer...Seller countered...and I re-countered and we made the deal...To get to the bottom of its history I enlisted the help of renown hydroplane historian Leslie Field.


Sent: Tue 8/23/2022 8:01 PM

Leslie Field
Hydroplane Historian 

Hi Leslie…
Carlton Hendricks here…I just got the attached stained glass work featuring a powerboat that appears to be from about the 1920’s…the bow number on the boat is T41…I’m hoping to ID the boat with that…

The stained glass came the Detroit area…the seller purportedly bought it in an antiques store 35-40 years ago and it was in his basement since then as I understand…the seller was told it was salvaged from the Gar Wood Mansion in Gray Haven Island…after it burned I assume…and the pilot is purportedly Gar Wood…However I cannot find any boats associated to Gar Wood with the T41 bow number…Q. Would you have any insight into the identity of the boat?

I found a photo of a boat with the bow number T-46….see attached…Q. What do those numbers signify?...

The stained glass should arrive in a few days…I will take better photos then…

Thanks so much for any help you could be….
Most Kindly -carlton

Only took a couple hours to hear back... 

Sent: Tue 8/23/2022 10:11 PM

This one was easy. T-41 was Musketeer II, owned and raced in 1923 and 1924 by Horace Dodge. I didn’t notice a direct Gar Wood connection. The numbers on the bow are just racing numbers designating the racing class. “T” was the prefix for the senior level of motorboat racing at the time. Dodge won several races with this boat. Dodge was a rival of Gar Wood and raced against him with this boat. Musketeer II sank in June 1925. I have no info whether it was salvaged or its later fate.

Leslie Field
Hydroplane History
Facebook group:
Vancouver, BC Canada


The three biggest names in early powerboats in the United States were Chris-Craft…Hacker Craft…Dodge…and Gar Wood…all from the Great Lakes/Detroit region…There were some very formidable Canadian boat makers on the other side the lake as well… Ditchburn…Greavette…and Minett to name a few…not that I know much about them…Horace Dodge Jr was the son of Horace Dodge Sr. who with his brother John started Dodge Brothers Automobiles…Jr. was a party animal with a life that reflected it…Jr.’s Dodge Boat company was killed off by the depression in 1936…his father was one of the biggest yachtsmen of the day…had a whole string of huge ones….

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At this point we can only speculate the who what why this stained glass panel was produced…Horace Jr. could have had it made but seems like someone of his means would have ordered something bigger…Perhaps it was a gift someone had made for him…and it hung in his den…The art quality of the boat and faces are so well defined I would almost bet it was done by a professional artist…As well the details of the boat are too exact…I see two air intake cowls above the engine compartment area…I clearly see two tie down cleats…a cooling water discharge port of some sort…what looks like a bow light at the front…between the tie down cleats is some kind of object I can’t make out…almost look like a fishing rod holder…but seemingly in the wrong place…The shadowing of the coats the two men are wearing is so well done I would speculate it would take a professional artist to execute…If it was given as a gift…it would likely have been from some wealthy playmate who would have likely had it made at the top stained glass shop in Detroit…which appears to have been the Detroit Stained Glass Works on West Fort Street…Once the book I ordered Discovering Stained Glass in Detroit by Nola Huse Tutag arrives perhaps will help I.D. the artist…

The best Dodge Boats history site in the world is ...-Factories-Det ...there are tons of photos of the boats and factory from back in the day. The operator/owner Steve Martini has done a great job of preserving the history of the company...along with first hand accounts of pioneer research trips on foot to locate the buildings...don't miss it...


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END - Latest Pickup August 25th 2022 - Powerboat Stained Glass Panel







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21 1/2" wide x 14" deep x 12" tall
Incredible condition paper label

This isn't really sports related but obviously the Yale name is part of sports history. I got it for a $95.00 

BIN on eBay...Even though it's not really sports and takes up a lot of real estate to display...for that 

price I couldn't pass it up...just too good looking and too good of condition...At 21" by 12" I don't think 

I've ever seen a crate label this big...and it's the first example of this box I've seen in 30 years collecting.

The ornamental graphics along the top and bottom borders are very 19th century and pare part of what

had me. I vaguely saw this a consolation prize for that Spalding box I got outbid on!

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Saw something here once that's gone now?

Check these links may find it there.




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c1864 Tennis Match Tankard 

by James Dixon & Sons, Oxford England

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C.F. Reid v. T.C.A. Robartes Jan. 22nd 1864

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Acquired June 29th 2014


n 30 years of collecting, esthetically, this  is probably the best looking antique sports tankard I've seen. I see a lot of rowing ones with school crests and so on, but can't recall a tennis one. I spotted it on eBay and jammed the brakes hard to a screeching halt...I always like m.jpg (19905 bytes)the look of crossed sports equipment like baseball bats, oars, skis, snowshoes, polo mallets and such. So the crossed racquets caught my attention initially...then once I saw the incredible engraving work, it really had me...and the archaic old world lettering...phew! Cursory research revealed the match was likely played in Oxford England...and my friend, rowing historian Tom Weil, told me the famous James Dixon concern who made the tankard was located right there in Oxford and essentially had a monopoly on all the sports trophy tankards made for Oxford. "It didn't come cheap...I was hoping to get it for about half of what I had to pay as top bidder...but I wasn't surprised being it's the best I've ever seen...had 22 bids.



Upper name on tankard

C.F. Reid  

Cecil Frederick Reid



JAN. 22ND 1864

-  Born March 3rd 1842  -

Reid was 21 years, 

9 months, 23 days old

on day of match




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Dated Jan. 22nd 1864


Further research will be needed to learn the full history of this handsome tankard. So far we know the opponents Cecil Frederick Reid and Thomas Charles Agar Robartes both attended Christ Church College at Oxford. Of the thirty eight colleges at Oxford, Christ Church is the most prestigious and exclusive. We believe both Reid and Robartes were undergrads there when the match was played. Both players were from well to do families. Cecil Reid's family had owned a brewery for over half a century and Thomas Robartes father was a Baron, and Robartes himself later became a Baron, as well as a member of Parliament.



Lower name on tankard

T.C.A. Robartes  

Thomas Charles Reginald


1844 –1930


JAN. 22ND 1864

-  Born Jan 1st 1844  -

Robartes was 20 years, 21 days old on day of match


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Thomas Charles Reginald


1844 –1930

Portrait from later in life

By  Walter William Ouless


Agar-Robartes was the son of Thomas Agar-Robartes, 1st Baron Robartes. He was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford, and was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1870. In 1882 he succeeded his father in the barony and entered the House of Lords. In 1899 he succeeded his kinsman as sixth Viscount Clifden. Later he served as Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire from 1906 to 1915.





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Acquired June 11th 2014

(Yale won championship, see teams below)

Note: The seller from Connecticut was able to provide much on the history of this poster, in that it came from one of the Yale players who played on the 1915 we know it's one of the players pictured below...determining which one will require some research...stay tuned for a good story!

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Acquired April 25th 2014

 Read the chatter about this item 





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Acquired May 5th 2014



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Acquired March 25th 2014



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Acquired April 6th 2014  



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 Acquired April 30th 2014

Hawaiian Legend







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  Acquired May 9th 2014

 Read the chatter about these  



C1900 42" X 18"



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Acquired May 7th 2014

C1908 22" X 14" 




with art nouveau graphics

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Acquired May 11th 2014





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Acquired May 9th 2014



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Posted 11/20/12

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c1880, 7" tall, Cast Spelter



Picked this little statue up last week off eBay from England...The seller said they thought it was a boxer named Bendigo..or William Bendigo Thompson..I showed it to a lot of boxing collectors but no one knew for sure. I've never seen it before and set out to find someone who luck, asked all over the place, Europe, here in the states....nada as of yet...I thought it looked English but then I ran into Chuck Morganstein at Alameda Point yesterday and he said he thought it was French..It was so different and cool I just had to get it!



Posted 11/20/12

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c1910, 36" x 22"



By Dana Studios, San Francisco


Picked this huge photo yesterday at the Alameda Point Antiques Fair of the Jack Johnson vs. James Jeffries fight that was held in Reno Nevada on July 4th 1910. The fight was a national phenomena that sparked race riots across the country after Jack Johnson won. I'm looking into it further but I believe it's signed by James Jeffries and Jack Dempsey, see close ups below. The dealer told me it came out a bar in Alameda Ca...In original oak frame.


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James J. Jeffries

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Reno NV July 4th 1910

110 degrees

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Jack Johnson

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Signed James J. Jeffries 

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Posted 11/20/12


A Latest Acquisitions Feature


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25  1/2" x 15 1/2" framed 

Original 1906 Olympic Try Outs Poster






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21 5/8" wide X 17" tall

Panoramic Photo Of The

1906 Olympics

(Also referred to as the Intercalated Games of 1906)

Panathenaic Stadium Athens Greece

Very rare period photo in original frame with wavy glass

Seller purchased in London from picker who got it at a 

flea market near Charleroi, Belgium


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I spotted this panoramic photo of Panathenaic Stadium on eBay about 2 months ago. The seller had it listed as being the 1896 Olympics. As I examined the photos and made enquiries to the seller I came to the conclusion it could have been the 1906 Olympics held in the same Panathenaic Stadium in Greece as the 1896 games… even though the seller felt it was from 1896. Whether 1896 or 1906, based on it’s huge size and that I’d never seen the photo before…I wanted it…Not to mention I have a companion poster to it that advertises the try outs for the 1906 Olympics in Chicago!.....Indepth feature coming!



Posted 11/20/12

10/15/12 UPDATE, Unfortunatly the seller of the statue below did 

not mention in the listing it doesn't stand up....After a few days 

of looking at it laying next to my computer I concluded that no 

matter how nice it looked I really didn't have any use for it 

and advised  the seller I was sending it back.

Just picked off eBay this morning from Austria!!!

Coincidently, fourth boxing piece in a row picked up lately!?!


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Comparison photo to previously seen painted version on right


This would be one of only three examples of a Vienna bronze boxer 

I have seen over 25 years collecting. I’ve seen a painted version of 

this one  back in about 2005 on eBay that came with a mate.


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Previously seen painted versions - c1900 4 inch tall


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c1890 Vienna bronze 4 inch tall conjoined boxers

Acquired 2006 - Carlton Hendricks collection


I have another example of Vienna boxers I picked up on eBay maybe five or six years ago that are joined as a group of two seen above and below on my coffee table....which is where the new one is heading once it arrives.

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c1890 Vienna boxer group in line up on Carlton's coffee table



Posted 4/5/12

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Bill Tilden

Last January member Ben Levinsohn/IronHorse2130 bought a tennis collection from a lady who collected antique tennis things. I think she bought most or all of it in the 1960's which I find very interesting...Anyways I kept asking and bothering Ben if there was any sculpture...and he was very busy sorting and photographing it all and he had a lot on his plate...Finally he sent a photo of the statue above....Artistically the pose had me right's unique as I've never seen a statue of tennis player in a low stance going for the ball like that...and it has so much force...But then after I got it and could examine it closely I saw it was Bill Tilden...a big name major tennis legend...had a lot of personal problems....but a great player.

Works by McClelland Barclay

Go to U.S. Naval History McClelland Barclay Page

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General Eisenhower

By McClelland Barclay

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Barclay's sailors are notable for their square jaws, well-defined muscles and exceptional physique. Theron MacKay, gunners mate, recalls meeting Barclay in 1943:

"Me and another crew member were cleaning a gun, so we were bare from the waist up. Barclay had his sketchpad and was drawing us. Being an amateur artist myself, I took an interest in what he was doing and asked could I look over his shoulder? Well, he made us look like the finest human specimens that ever were! Really, we were skinny kids with our ribs hanging out. I said to him, 'I don't look like that!' and he answered, 'Well, if I sketched you like you are, it wouldn't make much of recruiting poster, now would it?'"

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Great Dane Bookends

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Texaco Magazine Ad

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See many examples of 

Barclay's jewelry here

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This poster was

made by

 McClelland Barclay

for a Navy relief show

which World Heavyweight

Champion Private Joe Louis gave a speech at

This poster was made with part of the speech

which World Heavyweight

Champion Private Joe Louis gave at that show



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Then as I was researching him I came across a Game collection shot.JPG (117961 bytes) poster he did for a Navy Benefit variety show In New York City at Madison Square Garden....And it dawned on me I had written about the show in detail in a story I did on a Joe Louis war poster titled "We'll Win Cause We're on God's Side"...see link here..I also got the c1900 tennis board game below from Ben. I jumped on it because it's the first Victorian tennis board game I've'll go in my game case when I get time...Thanks Ben!


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Posted 5/15/12

 Carlton's Latest Acquisition 



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Posted 3/25/12



Undocumented 12" tall figural baseball player bottle

Believed to be a

c1880 Cyrus Noble Whiskey Back Bar Bottle


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....At any rate, this bottle probably represents the 

biggest mystery I've encountered in my 25 years 

collecting sports antiques!...

-Carlton Hendricks


I found this figural bottle of a baseball catcher in a Roseville CA antiques mall. My best guess is it was a c1880 Cyrus Noble Whiskey back bar bottle. I’ve done pretty much everything possible to research it but haven’t come up with concrete evidence…Nevertheless the strongest evidence clearly indicates it is very rare….That is…I’ve showed it to the most knowledgeable baseball and bottle collectors and almost no one has seen it before…At any rate, this bottle probably represents the biggest mystery I've encountered in my 25 years collecting sports antiques!....Here’s whole the story.....

On Sunday afternoon Feb. 12th 2012. I was planning to meet up with friends shortly at a nearby movie theater. It was suppose to just be a quick run thru the antiques mall then off to see Safe House….but I was brought to a halt when I spotted this…I had to gather my senses to determine if it was truly as rare as it seemed….I thought I may have seen it somewhere but wasn’t sure…I tried googling it on my smart phone and got essentially nothing…a good sign…It was seriously priced and I hated to make a quick decision…but I couldn’t keep my friends waiting at the theater…and I sensed not to think about it and come back later…Good thing since it would have been gone!…as you’ll see in the third page of the link on the right to…I examined it from every angle and sought input from the leading bottle collecting community on the internet.




 Below are some of the comments culled from 

3 pages of discussion


My apologies sir, but we have no company historian or archivist. In the 15 years that I've worked for Haas Brothers, I have not heard of a 19th century decanter for Cyrus Noble. We did a successful ceramic decanter program in the 1970's, but in the 19th century I'm only aware of a shot-glass series. I'm sorry I can't give a definitive answer, but as far as I've ever heard, this wouldn't be a decanter produced by/for Cyrus Noble Bourbon. 
Thank you for your inquiry, 
Jake Lustig 
National Sales Manager 
Haas Brothers | Since 1851 
San Francisco, California 



I would look under tobacco card era players. Maybe an obscure player or is this a representative player bottle , noble simply meaning honorable, brave and true. It looks quite Victorian! 

Forum Member, CreekWalker



I am truly intrigued and mesmerized to see what comes of this....Jim  

Forum Member EPackage



Really great stuff and I'm fascinated. Thanks for all the research. I'm not a sports person but the bottle aspect has me. 
You must realize that Cyrus Noble, patina and glass making are all only partly connected though. The frosting shouldn't be confused with patina if that's what it is. Without actually holding it it's difficult for me to say of it's acid wash, powder blast or naturally occurring. Cyrus Noble in the earliest days probably didn't use glass and the commemoratives most likely didn't start until the time Jim Beam and others did, say 50's and 60's for the most part. 
I think the French connection as Surface tended to agree with, can't be ignored. You mention Mexico also which was another big contributor to new glass looking old. 
Everything I'm saying is speculation and theory but with a trace of glass knowledge. 
I look forward to more and thanks for the lively and great post to talk about! 

Forum Moderator -CowsEatMaize






At Least One Example With Baseball Cap Top Established And Located


I was tipped off by Jim/epackage of that there was a collector who was the king of figural bottle collectors named Michael E. Anderson, and that he might be able to I.D. or otherwise elaborate on my Noble Catcher. 


7/29/12 - Carlton, I spoke with the Godfather of all figural bottles and he tells me that your Noble Catcher is a French bottle, he has one along with the Pitcher too. I think I have his email address here somewhere, I'll find it for you if you would like to contact him...Jim 


Michael, who by the way...will soon be publishing an authoritative book on figural bottles...was kind MichaelsNobles BLue.jpg (201668 bytes) enough to email me photos of his pair of Noble Catcher AND a Noble Pitcher. Michael also snail mailed me a photocopy of a c1901 catalog of the North Wheeling Glass Co. Although my Noble Catcher isn't in the catalog, a pair of figural bottles of American Indians is and Michael feels certain the baseball players were made by the same company. To make a long story short he believes the Noble baseball bottles were produced prior to 1901 and that they were likely blown in France and imported. 


Michael also knows of a pair of the baseball players in a collection which, at least the catcher, has it's original baseball cap shaped top...and he will be sending a photocopy of an auction catalog that pictures it!!!


Moreover Michael also believes there is another pair of the baseball players in another collection which also have their tops/baseball caps!!...It's all very exciting news and We'll keep you posted what I learn! -Carlton





Posted 3/18/12


Tobacco, Football, and Sculpture, all come together in this very rare cigar box

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Harvard Cigars football box alongside big brother

This is the only example of this box I've ever seen. The image of the football scrimmage is a statue titled "The Onslaught" sculpted by R. Tait McKenzie who as I recall I was a professor at U. Penn. c1900...McKenzie spent five years working on it...The original work is 36" wide, 15" tall....and probably the greatest football sculpture on the planet...I don't know how many were cast but very few I'm sure would be accurate...I would be surprised if six were done...You can read more about McKenzie in my Yale Trophy Room feature I did last May...I can't recall ever seeing sports sculpture featured in product advertising...So if for nothing else that put's it over the gotta have it goal line! See photos of the original statue below.

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Picked up this off the chart bowling ball at the Hillsborough Antiques Show a couple 

months back. I had never seen anything like it before. All I knew was it looked like King 

Arthur's bowling ball and I wasn't leaving without it. I got the seller worked up good when I 

told him I thought I could make out a name with my magnifying glass...wide eyed I had his full attention as I slowly read the name..."wait I think I can make it out....Fr....Fred...Fli...Flint it...Fred Flintstone!!!" It was in such perfect folk art condition I couldn't pass it up! 

Later at the same show I showed it to a dealer who said it was for a Basque version of bowling....and that he had some with some poles that went with it.


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Posted 3/7/12

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Original school or team issued broadside posters are one of my favorite areas of sports antiques...I got both the posters below on eBay in January 2012....that's incredible because very few large posters this size have survived. Each came from different sellers.

The Yale one is a little tougher to sport indicated. I'm pretty positive the Yale vs. Riverview was for Riverview Military Academy, in Poughkeepsie New York...opened in 1866, closed in the 20's ...The two schools are about 80 miles apart. And I think it would have been for baseball being that it was in May....and the word "game" called at 3:30, is used as opposed to a "meet" or "regatta" or "race" or something...

The football one is for Harvard freshmen vs Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire NH...Harvard and Exeter were very tight at the turn of the century...Exeter had the first cinder track and Harvard would travel there to use it...The broadside is a pink color.


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Carlton's big find at Turlock

1924 Period Photos of the


Beverley Hills Ca.

Plus portraits of Tommy Milton and Harry Hartz

Existed only four years, land

sold to build Beverly Wilshire Hotel


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13" x 10" c1924 Los Angeles Raceway, Beverly Hills Ca. 

Constructed of all wood, made of 2x4's


I picked up these photos at the Turlock auto swap meet January 29th 2011. I’d heard about Turlock for decades and finally made it…I’d heard there was a significant amount of antiques mixed in....I wouldn’t drive 3 hrs again to get there but if I lived closer….



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All these photos came out of a scrapbook, are about 10x13 inch and all have the name Earl Cooper printed on the back. The dealer said Earl Cooper 1886-1965 was a big name racer and died in 1965 and that he had bought a lot or all his racing memorabilia from the estate….There were a lot of his things in flat display cases including two of his goggles...The first two photos below of the Los Angeles Raceway have an embossed stamp for Keystone Photos, which I believe was Keystone Studios in Los Angeles that made the early silent films. As you can see some of the photos have old writing dated 1924. 

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13" x 10" c1924 Auto race track in Beverly Hills Ca.


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The dealer selling them, who I see around at antiques shows, was kind a nice guy….I looked over all six racing photos he had…Not being very familiar with early auto racing I zeroed in on the two of the race track because of all the clear details….and because I could see all the rural land around Beverly Hills in the background…Plus in the back of my mind I thought they'd display well with a Barney Oldfield poster I got a couple years ago.


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Barney Oldfield Poster, found in Grant's Pass Oregon Antiques store July 2010



The seller wanted $150.00 each…not knowing photos I didn’t know if that was a good deal or 

what…I didn’t have too much on me and left without them…but they kept speaking to me….I ended up coming back later and got both for $160.00….Once home I researched them and learned the Los Angeles Raceway only existed four years and was sold to build the Beverly Wilshire hotel…and that Beverly Hills High School is also located where the track was….

I took photos of the other portrait photos of racers and once I got home kicked myself for not getting them all…Tommy Milton 1893-1962 is in the Motorsports Hall of Fame and so is Earl Cooper…Tommy Milton won the Indianapolis 500 twice….

A week later I saw the dealer at the Alameda Point show and he had sold the photo of Earl Cooper..I bought the remaining photos he had left of Milton and Harry Hartz, another big name…and one of the Altoona PA race track…I started to leave and ended up buying the last pair of goggles he had….He had another light brown rubber pair at Turlock that were cooler but they were sold…The strap appears replaced but the seller said he got them that way so Cooper probably replaced the strap.

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Earl Cooper's Goggles

Below are the ones I got a week later at Alameda.

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Harry Hartz

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Tommy Milton, 

Inducted Motorsports Hall Of Fame 1998


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Altoona PA. Speedway 1924




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Now here's something that is amazing in two regards...One, I never thought I'd own a ballooning broadside, much less one in French. And two...It has such a  remarkable presence I can't stop looking it over...Here's the story...


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For those not familiar with this kind of poster...this would be referred to as a broadside...We'll forego lengthy prose on broadsides for now though and skip to the chase...I spotted this on eBay...It had a BIN of $95.00 plus $4.00 shipping. The photo was lame see directly above...Ever since my friend John Gennantonio told my virgin ears as much that poor photos on eBay indicate the seller is trying to hide something...I've taken closer looks and been more cautious...I came across it and looked it over...yeah right I thought, a French broadside...sure just what I need...and I put it in my watch list and moved on to other business.


A couple days later I saw it in my watch list and clicked on it again...I read it more carefully and contemplated it's large dimensions...Yeah right what are you doing Carlton...and I moved on again to other stuff...Probably a week went by and I clicked it on again...Apparently my head was clearer as I sized it up...First I translated the core message from French to English: 






Next I googled Alfred M. Rousiot the person referenced on the poster and learned he owned a ballooning periodical of some sort in 1864 called “La Science Aerostatique, journal des amis du progres de l’aerostation”, and appeared to esteemed. 


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All of sudden it was coming to was a combination of it's largeness, 33 1/2" wide by 16 1/2" tall....and short and wide favorite format for pictures and prints....Plus Alfred M. Rousiot appeared very interesting...and if he owned a magazine about ballooning, he was likely an important player in early ballooning. Once I realized all that it had me...


But then there was the question of the crummy photo and what was underneath...I concluded that it was a good possibility it may have been a reproduction of some sort...maybe an old reproduction, maybe new...or what ever...But taking it all in...If it was real for $100.00 it was a steal! And I figured I'd take a chance....If it wasn't right I'd return it.


The ambiguity I felt made waiting for it to arrive more intriguing than usual. And wouldn't you know...Via USPS it didn't come on time...According to the online tracking manifest it was suppose to get to me by the 11th of January....The 11th came and went and by the 19th I was writing the seller...even though the post office advised I wait till the end of the week before making an official inquiry...and of course it came the next day...


I got it in hand and put off opening it ...Good news can wait...bad news will find you out...I wasn't in the mood to deal with any disappointment so I finally got around to opening it that evening...I worked off the lid of the mailing tube and peered in....hmm...It appeared the seller had rolled it together with another piece of paper under it that offered it a little extra protection. then slid it in another rolled up piece of paper inside the tube...very professional!...a good sign...I knew I was possibly dealing with an 1858 antique so I went easy...Slowly and gently I began to unroll it to length...Eyes wide open I fixated on what I was seeing...carefully looking it over and trying to get a grip on it...Everything looked perfect!..and then I felt the weight of the paper...very light weight...absolutely correct weight paper...very impressive...very right....perfecto!!!


However I wanted to see it open and take it all in....but it was very fragile and the condition was unbelievable so I was reluctant mess with it until it was framed...But I couldn't wait....I had a large plastic sleeve bigger than the poster so I carefully worked it down in....tapped it around a little and got it so I could display it propped up against another large framed poster...I set it all on top my refrigerator so I could fully take it in...WOW....what a piece...what an incredible purchase. I've been around this stuff to understand when something is beyond rare...when the word rare can't convey it's self...The fragileness of the paper and it's age doesn't compute...It would have to be one of the oldest ballooning posters in the world. And I anticipate Alfred Rousiot will be interesting to research.


Picking up on something...I wondered what else the seller had...I was in such a good mood I emailed him in jest the following:



A cage full of parcels fell off the back of the post office truck as it was going down the interstate and my broadside was run over by oncoming traffic....It then rolled off into a river and was retrieved by fisherman...who used it to wrap the days catch...until the postal authorities retrieved it and got it back on its way again...Apparently that’s why it was late to my post office...

Just kidding...I really like it...Do you have any more broadsides?
PS, Left you positive FB



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Purchased 1/7/12  at Vintage Paper Fair, 

Hall of Flowers Golden Gate Park San Francisco

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First year of All Alaska Sweepstakes, Beverly Dobbs Photographer 

It was an action weekend for hunting sports antiques the weekend of Jan.. 7-8th...I went to a paper show in Golden Gate Park in S.F. held at the Hall of Flowers...I didn't get there till about an hour and forty five before they closed. They hold that show twice a year I believe it is...Over the years I've gone to it and found practically nothing...then again I've gone to it and scored big...see this link for an epic c1914 All Vallejos vs Yosemites of San Francisco football broadside I picked up there in 2010....

Anyway..I missed the last show...and was determined to make it to this one. I wasn't in the mood to spend much money after the golf clock I just got so what ever I found had to be eBay flip-able or too good to pass 
I picked up something I'm wild over and had never ever in 25 years of collecting, given even a single thought of...Dog Sled Racing!!!!! I spotted this photo below within the first twenty minutes and it was love at first bite...I mean site. 31 1/2” x 13” 1908 photo from Nome Alaska of an early dog sled race team...titled: ”BERGER’S RACE TEAM – FIRST ANNUAL ALL ALASKA SWEEPSTAKE”, see link above to All Alaska Sweepstakes website. From a cursory review I believe this team won the Sweepstakes in 1909..whereas my photo is marked 1908...It will be fun to research this.....Yeah it has some damage....but find'll frame up nice. Turns out the photographer Beverly Bennett Dobbs is quite a story by himself, see bio below.



The son of a farmer, Beverly Bennett Dobbs was born in 1868 near Marshall, Missouri. At age 8, he moved with his parents to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he learned photography. In 1888, Dobbs moved to Bellingham, Washington, and operated a photography studio for 12 years, including a partnership in 1890-1891 with F.F. Fleming under the name Dobbs & Fleming. He married Dorothy Sturgeon of Bellingham in 1896, then moved to Nome, Alaska, in search of gold in 1900. Dobbs continued to earn his living as a photographer, and by 1903, he had formed a partnership with the photographer A.B. Kinne from San Francisco. The Dobbs & Kinne studio in Nome offered photography services and photo supplies. Dobbs photographed scenes in Nome and the Seward Peninsula and made portraits of Native Alaskans. He was awarded a gold medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World’s Fair) in 1904 for his Native Alaskan photographs.

By about 1909, Dobbs had started Dobbs Alaska Moving Picture Co., making him one of the first to use motion picture film north of the Arctic Circle. He made a name for himself as a filmmaker with Atop of the World in Motion (also called Top of the World in Motion), a collection of his motion picture travelogues detailing the Alaska gold rush. By 1911, it is probable that Dobbs was focusing only on his moving picture business; he no longer had his photography supply store, and had sold his photography negatives to the Lomen Brothers, who later issued some of his work under their name. By 1914, Dobbs had returned to Seattle and was managing the Dobbs Totem Film Company. He is listed as the cinematographer for A Romance of Seattle, a film shot in and around Seattle in 1919. In his later years he specialized in developing motion picture films in his studio at his home. During the 1930s, Dobbs photographed the fish processing operations at Pacific American Fisheries (PAF) in the Fairhaven area of Bellingham. He died at age 69 in 1937.


The Northwest Digital Archives 

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities  


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c1955-60, 31 3/4" wide x 20 1/2 tall





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So then the next day I hit the Sacramento Antiques Fair...I had finished two combs and was about to leave for church, but would have been early so decided to take one more quick run thru...and there it was....the dealer didn't have it out earlier...a late 1950's/early 60's advertising sign for Regal Pale. It wasn't cheap but I couldn't leave without it. Funny thing...we were talking and the dealer said he'd gotten it at Alameda last week...He said it was about 6:00AM and a guy was unloading a whole collection of Regal Pale stuff and people were surrounding the guy like sharks and buying up everything...said this was the only sports sign and he got it and he had to pay money for it....So essentially it hasn't been out for sale too long...that day or the week before at Alameda! I found out a lot about Regal Pale in a page linked above. It's really late for me to collect but I couldn't resist it's size and impact...As I mulled it over I concluded I don't recall ever seeing any advertising signs with boxing graphics this quality...


Using my art reference library I thought I'd I.D.'d the illustrator as John Whitcomb...But then I went on the internet and found a very interesting illustration blog by Leif Peng of Canada...Leif felt for sure it wasn't by Whitcomb and said he'd look into it. Below our email exchange and his very interesting perspective.


Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM
To: Leif Peng 
Subject: Re: Jon Whitcomb?

Hi Leif,
I read your comments about Jon Whitcomb. A week ago I bought a c1955-60, 31 3/4" x 20 1/2" card stock advertising sign for Regal Pale that features a boxing scene. I attach two photos...Do you think it’s by Jon Whitcomb?
Kindly, -Carlton



Monday, January 16, 2012 2:55 AM
To: Carlton Hendricks 
Subject: Re: Jon Whitcomb?

Hi Carlton; 

Great find - definitely NOT Whitcomb. I don't know who did this offhand but we might be able to narrow it down....

Do you know if Regal was a regional brand or was it sold nation-wide?

Best, Leif



Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 6:28 AM, 

To: Leif Peng 

Subject: Re: Jon Whitcomb?

Hi Leif,
Hey thanks glad you appreciate I thought it was by him...I’ve seen that girl it seems in some illustration...The beer was back east and S.F. both...Check out the link above which is a link to a Beer site that give more brand info...Let me know what you find out 



Monday, January 16, 2012 4:04 AM
To: Carlton Hendricks 
Subject: Re: Jon Whitcomb?

Hi again, Carlton; 

SF was a major advertising art center back in those days and a lot of national brand advertising was done regionally for that market. They even did a lot of automotive art for Detroit all the way across the country, believe it or not. So its possible that a forgotten west coast illustrator did this. But the painting style suggests otherwise. This isn't the typical west coast style. 

The style is more reminiscent of one propagated by Haddon Sundblom (Coca-Cola Santa Claus artist) among his many apprentices. Which means this may be either a Chicago illustrator (where Sunny's studio was located) or someone who apprenticed there before going to NYC, which was the center of the commercial art universe back then.

There's a hint of caricature in the style of the faces - just a hint, but enough to make this style quite distinctive. I don't recognize it, but I'll ask around. If I hear anything back, I'll let you know. Either way, its a great piece - congrats!

Best, Leif

P.S. The style also suggests a slightly earlier date - c. 1950-'55. Most commercial artists were moving into a flatter, more graphic painting technique after 1955.


Posted 1/12/12



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- Acquired December 31st last day of 2011 -



Hung in Ben Sayers Ltd Golf Shop 

North Berwick Scotland 1934-1965

c1930 Chrome plated - 10 1/2" wide

This c1930 North British brand golf balls advertising clock is my finale’ pick up for 2011. After a week of negotiating I made the deal Christmas Eve and received it December 31st. The clock hung in the Ben Sayers Ltd. Golf Shop at 56 High Street in North Berwick Scotland. The shop was open between 1934 and 1965…although the Ben Sayers concern had operated since the late 19th century…The Ben Sayers Company continues to this day under different ownership and is believed to be the oldest golf company in the world. I can’t recall many if any sports related advertising clocks of this quality and vintage so I had to get it! It goes perfect with my golf it makes a cool ticking sound in my collection


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Ben Sayers 1858-1924

Ben Sayers 1858-1924 was an early Scottish golf professional and contemporary of Old Tom Morris. He was one of the leading golf club makers of the late 19th- early 20th century, designed many golf courses in Scotland, and taught golf.


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Sayers also gave lessons to Her Majesty Queen Alexandra over the nine hole course at Windsor Castle. He gave instruction to the Prince of Wales, Princess Victoria, Duchess of Connaught and Princess Patricia of Connaught. Princess Victoria was a very keen golfer, and Sayers partnered her in several foursome matches at Chatsworth, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. During this period Edward VII visited the seven-hole course at Chatsworth for a week in January. A.J. Balfour the prime minister was among the guests and invited professionals included Jack White, J.H. Taylor and Ben Sayers. 

Courtesy Douglas Seaton

Ben Sayers died in 1924. His son Ben Sayers Junior, himself a pro, was in charge of golf club production from the 1920’s and would have managed the shop where this clock hung.

I feel I’ve brought a wee bit’o Scottish golf history into my living room and plan to do a story on it soon. It runs five days before needing rewound. Below is a shot of it installed in my collection


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Clock mounted on wall in Carlton Hendricks collection. 

Left some room underneath for a small plaque giving its history.



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Above is a pair of D&M baseball cleats from the turn of the century...I got them based on I know early high top cleats hardly exist and the sellers claim they 

were the best he'd handled in his career...I believe they're the first pair of early 

high tops I've seen for sale...They must have been stored in a well sealed trunk 

as I've never seen leather from the turn of the century so's like they're brand new!...though the soles appear to have very slight wear...and the tag is mint!...phew!





 VINTAGE 1880 





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The same dealer said the same thing about this melon he'd ever handled...and that got my attention...hated to spend the money but I know melon footballs...and I knew the rounded shape was very early....Sure enough when I held it I was blown's the oldest football I've ever seen in person...the patina screams 1880 even though the leather is supple....Plus another big bonus was it was found at Girard College in I know it's American!!! least played with in America...that's a whole lengthy subject of it's own as far as imported footballs in the late 19th century...I wish I had the time to do a deep research story on it...Anyway...took me twenty five years to find a ball this good!...It's filled with some kind of polly fill to hold it's shape. I was considering having a bladder put in but may leave it as is...I was told if I took the laces apart there might be a makers mark inside...but I hate to disturb it.

The only other melon football I've seen this good was one I saw last May in the Yale trophy room...
which you can read about here...that one would shut down north America!



Posted 12/14/11





Cast and Engraved Bronze on Oak

Made by Dieges and Clust

20 1/2" Tall x 15" Wide


A couple weeks ago I drove down to L.A. to pick up this 1916 NYC 

amateur boxing plaque. The plaque was made by the renown Dieges 

and Clust company….Instead of risking damage in shipment I figured 

I’d pick up in person and hit the Rose Bowl flea same day….got to RB right at 6:00AM but never could get traction…pretty much the weakest 

Rose Bowl I’d ever been to….The winning club of the plaque 

“Union Settlement” was founded in 1895

Union Settlement was founded in 1895 by members of the Union Theological Seminary 

Alumni Club. After visiting Toynbee Hall in London, and inspired by the example of Hull 

House in Chicago, the alumni decided to create a settlement house in the area of 

Manhattan enclosed on the north and south by East 96th and 110th Streets and on the east 

and west by the East River and Central Park.


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posted 11/27/11 

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I first saw this in at an antiques show in Grass Valley Ca. 

in May of 2011, the day before I was to leave for 

the May 2011 Brimfield Antiques Fair. I passed on it to conserve 

fire power...but in's nicer than anything I saw in Brimfield. Earlier this month I attended the Hillsborough 

Antiques show in San Mateo CA and the dealer 

Chuck Morganstein still had it.


I walked the whole show and at the end of the day I stopped in to chat with I sat there discussing statues and antiques 

I kept looking at the motorcycle...I came the conclusion it was 

the best thing I saw at the whole show...but I hated to spend 

the money...but it got me thinking...I considered pulling the 

trigger that evening....but just to frugal...


I went home and the next day it was on my mind and I made the decision to get it....I called Chuck's store Woodchuck Antiques on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, and asked for Chuck's cell number....


I called him at the show and said I'd take it...he said it's 

yours...and he told me a lady had come by earlier that day 

and said she would come back at the end of the show and 

get it for her husband...

Chuck said he asked if she wanted him to hold it 

but she said no....About a half hour later Chuck called me 

and said the gal came back to get it but the sold sign was 

already on it.


In 25 years I only recall seeing three motorcycle statues 

for sale...this one which I bought, another which Chuck 

Morganstein had which was a little smaller, and one I 

saw years ago at the All American Collectors show 

in Glendale Ca. It sold right away before the public 

even came in and was a couple $thousand$ as I recall.


Below, installed on my coffee table...


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Why would Carlton buy these unusual ice skates?

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Pat. Date April 15th 1862


Bought off eBay Oct. 26th 2011

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Why would Carlton buy these unusual ice skates?

(hint he searched for them 12 years)


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Posted 10/9/11 

Carlton's Latest Pick Up

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Here’s my first pickups for October…Went to the Alameda Point show yesterday…I got the 1880’s baseball cap below…I initially saw it at the National last summer…I made an offer but the seller wasn’t ready to sell since he got it there at the National…Fortunately the seller lives here in the bay area and sets up at the Monthly Alameda show…Last Alameda he shot me a price and I put down $300.00 to hold it and paid the balance yesterday…It's a very rare example of cap and kind of completes my collection of basic styles..I have the pillbox, boater, small bill Harvard cap, and now this striped one...which is the only one I've ever seen for sale...No makers tag but I got coaching from John Gennantonio and he gave it his stamp of approval as a style that was used for multiple sports as well as seen by the 1886 Princeton baseball team photo under it

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1881 Princeton Baseball Team

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c1890 Baseball Cleats

The seller also had a pair of 1890ish two tone Spalding baseball cleats…I didn’t plan on it but I couldn’t leave without’um!...
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Also got a 20” x 14” photo of a boy taking a photo 

of boys topping a bat at home plate sand lot style. I'm confident it was used as advertising for the Brownie camera.

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Plus got an interesting little 1924 team photo of the Tucson High School girls basketball team (Tucson AZ)….The names of the players are written by hand in ink on each player…along with the name of the coach…A few weeks ago I bought a girls basketball poster with a large illustration of a girl player for the 1929 Oakland Ca YWCA vs San Francisco YWCA…so this kind of goes along with it…

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1902 Mogul Cigarettes Yale Football Poster

I picked this up right after I got home from the National...Has anyone ever seen football cards associated with this poster?

I've done some cursory...haven't found any cards but there's a player on there named James J. Hogan who became perhaps the biggest name in football during his playing days at Yale from much so he became a kind of a national whipping boy/example for college inducements reform...the cry was he was getting such good treatment from Yale and others he was basically not an armature...among other perks he was getting a percentage of every pack of Mogul cigs sold in New Haven....and was responsible for getting them offered in Morey's, the exclusive students restaurant club in New Haven...

It's printed on card stock...and the seller said it came out of an attic where it was rolled, presumably since it's I have to work on getting it flattened out...Pretty exciting piece, never seen it before! 


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This little 3 1/4" tall statue of billiard players is only example I've ever seen. Once I got it in hand I was taken back...I'm amazed by's definitely my favorite recent acquisition. I like the way his top hat is slightly tilted back out of his eyes. Fits in perfect with the two Vienna's to it's right, the three soccer players and the two boxers.

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1930'S French Biscuit Tin 

7 1/4" wide x 3" tall x 3" deep

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Rare 10" wide c1900 Cigar Tin 

with boat race graphics


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12" tall 1930 metal 

statue of  Tennis Player

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V. Rare 1913 Broadside poster

announcing house warming at

Boston Harvard Club night before

Harvard Yale Football Game

Below is a 27 inch by 21 inch Yale vs Harvard track meet poster I'm very glad to have. Large Ivy League broadsides like this are so rare and hard to find. This one came from the same seller on eBay as the Mogul Cigarettes poster above. It to is also on card stock and will need to be flattened out before I can frame it
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c1885 Madison Square Skate Pamphlet

11 1/2" wide x 9" tall unopened - 9" by 23" opened

Advertising brochure for the Madison Square roller skate manufactured by Merwin, Hulbert & Co of NYC. Dated to 1886-87 based on the skate's patent date of 1883 and the testimonials from satisfied customers all dated 1885. Familiar to firearms collectors, Merwin Hulbert is mainly for producing guns. Apparently they saw an opportunity to cash in on the 1880's craze for roller skating. Best illustration of a skate I've ever seen!

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c1900 Statue of a Bowler

Bought Sept 3rd 2011

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POSTED 6/23/10


All Vallejos



of San Francisco



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Sunday Aug. 9, 2009

Yesterday I attended the Vintage Paper Fair San Francisco. The event is held in the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The show opened at 10:00 AM but I got there about an hour late, around 11:00 AM. It's usually a pretty good show. Two other major sports collector/dealers were set up there so naturally I knew they had been going thru it for a while. One was Bart White. Bart graciously walked me over to Barney Chapman's booth and asked him to show me a football broadside he had that announced a game between the "Yosemites" of San Francisco and the "All Vallejos". Barney had a lot more than just the broadside; but a ton of photos and newspaper clippings all out of two huge albums. There was about thirty photos, and probably about that many newspaper clippings all about the Yosemites...all from  about 1910-15 . I had never heard of the "Yosemites" of San Francisco, but the broadside was awesome. At first the Photos and newspaper clippings didn't mean much to me, but after gathering my thoughts, I saw them as an important package. 


Barney was asking $800.00 for everything, but the broadside was in four pieces and needed restoration. I walked around the show a while and pondered it. It took me by surprise; I wasn't expecting to find anything like it....but that's why you go to these shows! I couldn't make up my mind on it. I was tired and hungry. So I decided to go get some lunch and think thru it. I headed over to Escape from New York Pizza on Haight St; not far from the show. Escape from New York Pizza is kind of an institution in the Haight I think. I did a feature on it years ago you can see here


Anyway back to the broadside. I went and ate then went back and offered $400.00. Barney  reminded me of the photos, and I upped it to $500.00. He called the owner of the broadside and he took my offer. I haven't started researching it yet. As broadsides go, it's a classic. The green printing really makes it. But boy is it fragile. I have to get it restored and mounted on a linen backing and get it framed. 


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That was my first pick at the show. Once I had that settled, I bought an exceptional piece of sheet music. It was from 1838 and titled "Our Boat Sets Lightly On The Wave". It was dedicated to the New York Boat Clubs and had an illustration of an eight man crew team on the cover. I haven't researched it yet but I believe it to be one of the earliest American illustrations of competitive rowing, not to mention one of the earliest American sports illustrations period. Moreover, it was printed by Nathan Currier, who went on to be thee Currier of Currier and Ives, the famous printing concern of the late 19th century.

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How are you? I got an interesting sheet music... scroll down on my home page to "Carlton's Latest acquisitions"...have you seen this before? thanks -Carlton

Thanks for getting in touch again.
Your sheet music piece is one of the older ones for rowing memorabilia and, as you suggest, it is also one of the earliest images of amateur rowing in the U.S. (actually, it's pretty early for anywhere).
I've got that piece in my collection - here's my list of the rowing sheet music in my collection through 1852, ending, appropriately, with Row, Row, Row Your Boat (there's a lot more after that, too, but this is the earlier stuff). The earliest rowing sheet music of which I am aware is a piece in the Falk/Stearns Collection at the National Rowing Foundation, which is “My Bark is My Courser”, dedicated to the New York Boat Club, and published by John B. Pendleton in New York in 1831. It has a lith of an unmanned gig on the cover.
You can see a bunch of these at the rowing history exhibition at the Rowing Hall of Fame at Mystic Seaport - come on up and I'll give you a tour.
I would like to continue this conversation.
Best, Tom

1836 “Light May the Boat Row”

o “Duett/ Sung with the most enthusiastic applause by/ Mrs. and Miss Watson/ At the Park Theatre, Concerts &c./ Written by Jonas B. Phillips, Esqre./ The Music arranged from a Northumbrian Melody, the Additions and accompaniments composed and respectfully dedicated to the/ Amateur Boat Club association by J. Watson,/ This Celebrated Melody has been sung by the above Ladies in London, Dublin, Edinburg, Paris, Brussels &c. with unprecedented applause having been usually called for and repeated three times on each evening of its performance./ New York, Published at Atwill’s Music Saloon” [b/w lith [no attrib] showing coxed pair-oared club boats by Castle Garden, and a host of small oared, sailing and steam vessels in the harbor; cover plus [4 pp.] mwl; eataoc 1836 John Watson SDNY; ref: L. Long/Levy?, GRACE NOTES, p. 155; ref: 1985 PMMex, number 32 at p. [19]; ref: 1990 GAGex, TEW image listed as number 56; ref: 1996Ex, TEW item reproduced as Figure 10 on p. 29; ref: Cooper, TEW image reproduced as Figure 2 on p. 168]

o [as above, with “Second Edetion [CHECK].” at top of first page of music.] 10/07

o [as above, with variants in spelling and placement of lines and “dedicated to the New York Boat Clubs”; lith is similar to, but a variant of, above, and within oblong frame with “A.E. Baker’s Lithg.”; this may be the first issue; 5 pp. mwl; 2nd (cover only); 3rd Image 11.6cm x 18.2cm Sheet 34.2cm x 26.0cm 2/01]

o “5th Edition. A Duet, as sung by Mrs. & Miss Watson,/ Written by J.B. Phillips,/ Arranged by J. Watson./ New York, Published at Atwill’s Music Saloon” [b/w lith [by Endicott, N.Y.] view of coxed four-oared club boats by Castle Garden, and a few large sailing and steam vessels in the harbor; 5 pp. mwl; eataoc 1836 J.F Atwill SDNY]

1837 “Hark, Brothers Hark!/ A/ Regatta Song & Chorus/ Written by/ J.H. Willis/ Music Composed & Dedicated/ to the/ Boat Clubs of the United States/ by/ John H. Hewitt./ Price 50 Cts./ Philadelphia, Geo. W. Hewitt & Co. 5 pp. no illus; mwl; eataoc 1837John F. Nunns EDPA] 34.7cm x 26.3cm [McBlain Books 3300 11/08/08]

1838 “Our Boat Sets Lightly on the Wave” [b/w lith by N. Currier which is a simplified variant of the scene for the foregoing three items: in the foreground only a coxed eight in a cutter with a banner labelled “American” and a coxed pair in a cutter with a banner labelled “Romp”; 3 pp. mwl; “A Duet and Trio, Written Composed and Arranged and Respectfully dedicated to the New York Boat Clubs, by William Clifton”; eataoc 1838 Thomas Birch SDNY; ref: 1984 UCSBex, reproduced as Fig. 24 at p. 26]

1838 “Old Rosin the Beau” [b/w lith by Wild & Chevalier showing a coxed eight in a barge with a banner labelled “Falcon” with [waterworks?] on the far left shore; 5 pp. mwl; “Favorite Comic Song Dedicated with much respect to the members of the Falcon Barge by the Publisher. Arranged by J.C. Beckell. Philadelphia, Osbourn’s Music Saloon” (the lyrics have much in common with those of the old cowboy lament, “Streets of Laredo”); eataoc 1838 J.G. Osbourn EDPa; ref: 1985 PMMex, number 35 on p. [19]] 34.2cm x 25.7cm

1840 “Arouse Ye Gay Comrades” [b/w lith by “Thayer, successor to Moore, Boston”; coxed eight with man holding pole in bow of cutter named “Tiger” in public [Boston?] gardens; 6 pp. mwl; “A Song and Chorus dedicated to the Tiger Boat Club. written by Thomas Power, Esq. the music composed by Jos. Philip Knight./ Boston. Published by Parker & Ditson”; eataoc 1840 Parker & Ditson Mass] $100 [MSM 2005 xred 2005.110.170**] 34.0cm x 25.4cm [2nd 220393395821 6699 16/04/09; x 110056047465 NS@12500 21/11/06]

1843 “Oh! Boatman Haste!” [b/w lith. by Thayer & Co’s showing wherry with boatman, and couple in stern, at twilight; 8 pp. mwl; “A Popular Western Refrain. The Poetry written and respectfully dedicated to Mrs. Charles F. Dennet, of Boston, by George P. Morris. The Music arranged from the well known Melody of “Dance, Boatmen Dance” by George Loder/ New York, Published at Atwill’s”; eataoc 1843 J.F. Atwill SDNY] RL

1846 “Mahopac Lake Waltz” [b/w lith by G. & W. Endicott after Charles Parsons (1821-1910) showing coxed six in a cutter on lake; 3 pp. mwol; “Club Boat Gazelle/ Composed and respectfully dedicated to The Amateur Cornet Club, by Allen Dodworth./ New York. Published by Firth, Pond & Co.”; eataoc 1846 Firth & Hall SDNY] 33.2cm x 25.9cm

1847 “Row Thy Boat Lightly” [no cover; 2 pp. mwl; “Words by Miss H.F. Woodman The Music Composed and Respectfully Inscribed to Mrs. R.S. Jameson (of Hartford) by I.B. Woodbury./ Boston. Published by Oliver Ditson”; eataoc 1847 Prentiss & Clark Mass]

1849 “Brightly, Boys, Brightly. A Rowing Quartett” [b/w lith by J.H. Bufford & Co. showing coxed four in cutter in coastal harbor with lighthouse and mountain behind town; 5 pp. mwl; “Written and Composed by Marshall S. Pike, Esq. of the Harmoneons and Dedicated to his Esteemed Friend T.F. Oakes, M.D. of Boston, Mass./ Published by A. & J.P. Ordway”; eataoc 1849 A. & J.P. Ordway Mass] 33.0cm x 25.7cm

[1850?] “Boatman Dance” [no pic; n.d.; no pub. line; 5 pp mwol; “Arranged as Rondinos for the Piano by Ferd. Beyer/ Philadelphia. A Fiot/ New York. W. Dubois] RL

1852 “Row, row [sic; lyrics of chorus give familiar three “row, row, row”] your boat or the Old Log Cabin” [no illus on cover; 5 pp. mwl; “as sung by Master Adams of Kunkels Nightingale Opera Troupe/ Music by R. Sinclair. Composer of Ben Bolt etc./ New York. Published by Firth, Pond & Co.”; eataoc 1852 Firth, Pond & Co. SDNY] 33.2cm x 25.7cm






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Par After Shave Powder Tin

5 3/4" tall x 2 1/4" wide

Found at 49er Old West Antiques Show

Grass Valley Calif May 8-9th 2009

I've picked up quite a few new things lately, hope to post more when get time, but here's one I got a week ago. I went to the 49er Old West Antiques Show InCollection.JPG (238413 bytes) in Grass Valley Calif. Why go to an old west show? I learned a long time ago they are usually high quality and anything can show up....I once got an executioner football helmet by going to one!!!!...but that's another story...anyway...I spotted this Par After Shave Powder tin and it caught me off guard...I had to stop and think what it was and remembered it was the same image I have on a I sort of HAD to buy it...but darn they had it jacked up to $575.00. I looked it over and tried to develop some strategy to counter offer...or even if I really wanted it....I didn't start the wrestling match right then...I figured it wasn't going to run out of there for that cruised the rest of the show....didn't find anything that cleaned me started thinking thru what I would do....talked it over with antique advertising dealer friend Kim Kokles who was set up....he said try to get them down, and offer $450.00....I hit um at $400.00...the gal played the let me ask my husband card....she came back with a $450.00 whine they hated to let it go that cheap.....I said I'd split it for $425...she said they couldn't..but I knew they could....I politely asked her to recheck and I'd be back....of course they took it...who knows if I got a deal or not...a bargain's a state of mind....I'm not use to buying mint condition tins because they are always so expensive....I remember seeing a mint talcum tin sell at a show for $800.00 once, right in front of me, about 12 years ago, that had a gal maybe I got a deal. When I got home I realized the sign is for the "lotion" and the tin is for the "Powder"...but what the hey it's the same company and image...I thought about selling it on eBay because of that but a week later and no way would I sell it.



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I picked up this new tin for my tin's a c1918 Quarterback Coffee tin and was produced by The Dolan Mercantile Co. St. Joseph, MO and Atchison, KS. It measures 3 5/8 inches tall and a diameter of 5 3/4 inches. This is the only example of this tin I've seen, and was a natural fit for my collection..I'd say it's one of the nicest tins I've seen, so I was determined to work it into my other tins even though I'm maxed out of room. I had to move out some lesser ones to fit it in. Click TIN and IN LINEUP to see a larger photos. Below is a shot of it now included with my tin collection

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8 inches tall, S. Bechho, Sculptor, dated 1886

I picked up this bronze of a high wheeler bicycle last summer right before I was to leave for the National. It's one of the most exciting bronzes I've ever seen. That excitement is generated foremost because the sculptor S. Bechho, inscribed the date 1885 next to his signature. Moreover, the quality of the casting confirms it's period. "Period" meaning  it's original, produced during the time it represents. So it's not a cute nostalgic piece made to represent old time's the real deal produced when high wheel's were actually used.  Which was a relatively short time. TwoHighWheelers.jpg (82980 bytes) The "high wheel", also called the "penny farthing" and the "ordinary" was a link in the evolution of the bicycle, and was only popular from about 1870 to the late 1880's. FallingOffHighWheel.gif (18592 bytes) They were hazardous, riders were prone to falling off them. The next generation bicycle was called the "safety", and they were essentially the bicycle of today. 


The way I came into it was unusual. I was at the 49'er western antiques show in Grass Valley California, and ran into Chuck Morganstein of Woodchuck Antiques in San Francisco. Chuck knew I liked sports sculpture, and told me about this bronze, and that he sold it at the Hillsborough Antiques Show to two ladies before the show opened. Chuck said they spotted it right as he pulled it out of the box. He described it and it sounded fantastic, but all I could do is go shucks I wish I'd have gotten it, and that was it. Then a few months latter I saw it on I figured it had to be the same one and emailed the seller. They confirmed they got it from Chuck. I had to swing hard, but the gal's worked with me, and I got it. Even after we made the deal it was a logistics scramble. The Gals lived in Las Vegas, and were going to be doing a show in Redondo Beach California near Los Angeles. Picking it up in person is way better than risking damage in shipment. The only thing was I was going to be in Chicago for the National when they'd be in Redondo. My buddy John Buonaguidi's sister lives the next town over in Manhattan Beach, and was kind enough to pick it up and hold it till I was down in L.A. for the Glendale show. I remember when I came to pick it up. I had bought it based on photos only, never seeing it in person. Buying an expensive piece like this is a little bit of a gamble. But when I unwrapped it, I was more than pleased. It looked even better than I thought it would. Below more shots of it.

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Picked this up on eBay from a gal in Canada. There's been a heap of discussion about this plate on Net54, click this link 14 inch c1910 baseball plate to read all about it. I feel it's from the period it represents because of the hand writing style on the back. Plus Butch & Co, dug up this print here . I think the artist was Hibberd VB Kline. If anyone has any information, please email me at  

thanks -Carlton



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Above is a 6 inch tall Tappan's League Bouquet perfume bottle in the shape of a baseball bat. Based on the the rings near the top of the barrel, and the graphics of the label, I'd guesstimate it from the late 1880's. I got this in Hunt Auctions February 20th 2008 monthly auction. David Hunt advised me he's only seen three of these, and it's the first I've seen. David also advised he has one in his collection he paid $750 for which is in worse condition than mine. Researching it I found another that sold in the 2006 Robert Edward Auction in a grouped lot of 28 items LOT #764 


posted 5/31/07

Announcing's Acquisition of the extremely rare c1880



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Old Pop Smith tobacco tin

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Old Pop Smith 


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Book - Tobacco Tins 

and Their Prices, 

by Al Bergevin

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Old Pop Smith Tobacco Tin

Vintage c1880
Dimensions 4 1/2" wide x 3 3/8" deep x 1 3/4" tall
Type square corner
Produced by M. Zunder & Sons, New Haven, CT.
Printing type Lithographed
Estimated examples extant 6-8
Sold for $1,174.75

I first saw an Old Pop Smith tin about twenty 

years ago, pictured in a 1986 edition of a book titled: Tobacco Tins and Their Prices, by Al Bergevin. The crossed baseball bats and the bearded old timer sitting in the chair seemed to echo a civil war connection, but I've never learned that for sure. The flags with the "Y'" clearly imply Yale since the tobacco company M. Zunder & Sons was located in New Haven Connecticut. To the left and right of the word "mixture" are football goal posts, below it is a baseball. The bats have "squared barrel" ends (sawed of look), which date them to the 1880's. 


For twenty years I kept an eye out, but never saw a single Old Pop Smith tin. I put it in my eBay permanent search to be notified if it ever surfaced. Very early A.M., the week of May 6th 2007, I got an email notice from eBay that one was listed. In the middle of something, I stopped and clicked on the link and saw Old Pop for the first time. The condition was a little rough, but since It was the first one I'd ever seen for sale, it was good enough.


Two days before it closed I happen to run into antique advertising expert extraordinaire Kim Kokles at The Grass Valley Old West Antiques Show and asked him what he knew about it. Kim told me he knew the tin, and that it was very rare and that he'd had one 25 years earlier. He said he'd gotten it at Brimfield for thirty or forty dollars, and sold it right away for $2,500.00. He said his friends scolded him that he could have gotten $5,000.00. He said the market for square corner tins had softened since then, and he helped me establish it's value based on the condition I gave.


It sat dormant for most of the week at around $10.00 as I recall. The seller said as much that he was very surprised at the amount of interest it had gotten, and that he originally thought he would get about $30-$40 for it. The seller said he got it at an estate sale in West Port Connecticut. It turned out he got two, mine plus another that was in much worse condition than mine, which he later sold for $22.00. Mine got 5 bids and I got it for $1,174.75 plus shipping and insurance. 


It's interesting that the one pictured in The Bergevin book appears to have rounded corners, and possibly a lip around the edge. I'm not a tin expert but that seems like it may be a later example than mine. Another antique advertising expert, Don Lurito, who has an Old Pop Smith, estimated there are 5-6 extant, plus mine, plus the wiped out one. I plan to research the tin, and who Old Pop Smith was and will let you know what I learn! -Carlton


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READ ALL ABOUT IT is pleased to have solved the mystery of who Old Pop Smith was. Below are two clippings from the New York Times


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Published: November 10, 1890


Published: March 3, 1905



Check out my latest piece! -Carlton

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3 3/16 inch by 3/4 inch

This is likely the finest Lacrosse stick pin ever made. I assume it was made as a broach type pin for a lady. Based on the engraving I'd estimate it to be circa 1890. It's sterling silver, but there's no makers mark, as I believe it was awarded and engraved to the B.A. Norman on the back. I think it's the most finely made item I've ever owned. The detail is very intricate. When I put it under a magnifying glass I can even see the detail of the cording in the basket. Click on the close in photo of the basket below to see what I mean. More that is really neat about it is that It's engraved Ogdensburg, N.Y., so we know for certain it is American, not Canadian. That is very fortunate to know it's national origin. I asked the person I bought it from if they knew any of it's history. They only knew that it came with a large collection of pins, and that the lady who collected them all, had a home in the Hudson Valley area, and another home on 5th Avenue in New York City. And that she collected collegiate things.

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c1890 Lacrosse stick pin

3 3/16 inch by 3/4 inch

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Engraved to 

B. A. Norman, 

 Ogdensburg, N.Y.


Posted 11/19/06

I've been finding a lot of stuff lately, 

here's some of my latest acquisitions -Carlton

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9 inches tall


This is one of the nicest football sculptures I've ever seen. It is unsigned. I imagine it was produced and  sold by a fine gift store like Tiffany's





2 3/4" tall x 4 1/2" deep x 6" wide

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Weihnachten 1915

(Christmas 1915 in German

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maker marking

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Galvano cast 

runner trophy 

statue 16" tall, c1930

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c1930 American Silver Plate Statue of Polo Player, 11" tall

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c1870 Advertising Handkerchief with sports theme

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c1910 Sweet Ore Trousers Advertising Poster, 37" tall x 30" wide

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c1910 Cloth Pillow Cover with polo scene litho, 20" x 20"

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c1880 Lawn Tennis Cigarettes Advertising Sign, American, 20" wide x 16" tall

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c1920's Framed Basketball Team Photo, 41 1/4" wide x 9 3/8" tall 


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32" tall x 25" wide

c1910 football poster by Joseph Leyendecker

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C1930 Chesterfield cigarettes die cut advertising sign with football player, 38" tall x 25" wide

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Grouping of rare antique football advertising tins

collection of author

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Very rare c1920 Yale Corn Syrup tin with football motif

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To get a rare look at some of the  world's finest antique sports tins, visit our 


The collection has acquired two rare football tins this week, seen in these photos below, an extremely rare Yale Corn Syrup tin, and another called the All American Cookies tin top left. The Yale Corn Syrup isn't in the greatest condition, but no problem. It's so rare I'm delighted to get it! 

- Carlton


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Purchased Sunday May 6th 2006 at 

Antique Trove Mall - San Calos, Calif. 

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35 1/4 inches wide by 29 1/4 inches tall , framed


posted 3/6/06 

Purchased March 5th 2006 at 

Antique Trove Mall, Roseville, Ca.


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c1900 high relief football plaque 

14 inch wide by 12 inch tall, of plaster

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G.M. Bailey


Yesterday I got back from a three day ski trip at Lake Tahoe. When my friends dropped me off at my car in Sacramento, it was Sunday afternoon about 5:00PM. I figured while I was in the area I'd run thru the Antique Trove Mall in nearby Roseville, since it closed at 6:00PM.  I'd been thru the store many times over the years, but had only made one other sports find there, a circa 1930's boxing gloves box. P1, P2, P3, which I sold on eBay. The same booth I got that at, had this football plaque. I wasn't expecting to find anything, so it shocked me when I saw it. I really looked it over carefully, but it looked to be real. So I took it up to the front desk to ask if any discount was available. They looked up the dealer and read the note out loud: no discounts, do not call. No problem, I snipped off the price tag and handed it to the over. It was coming with me discount or not. The players appear to be from around 1900, based on the reeded pants, and that half the players aren't wearing head gear. The opposing teams wear blue and red jerseys, which could represent one of the most famous football rivalries of the era, Harvard and Yale. The relief sculpting of the scene is in what's referred to as "high relief". High relief is the term for relief work that juts out an inch or so, as opposed to relief work that sticks out just enough to impart the needed definition. Relief sculpture is also referred to by the French term "base relief" (pronounced - "ba relif") The arm of the player getting tackled sticks out about 1 1/4 inch. In 18 years it's the only example I've seen. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I think it's c1900. Though it's possible it could have been an advertising piece done later. I think it's more likely something a student may have done as an art project. The art quality seems like that of an amateur, but it's not bad. Pretty ambitious really for an amateur. It's signed G.M. Bailey. The average joe probably wouldn't be too impressed, but in the context of art, it's a very rare  and early example of American football sculpture.

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posted 11/10/05 

Purchased at Nov. 2005 

Hillsborough Antiques Show

San Mateo County Expo, San Mateo Calif.

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Euro Football / Soccer Vienna bronze

4 1/4 inch tall

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This is one of the rarest Vienna sports bronzes. I'd never seen another, so when I came upon it at the Hillsborough Antiques Show last Sunday, it stopped me in my tracks. And of course, nothing great is cheap these days, so I really had to bite the bullet. The gal selling it knew what she had, and her asking price was enough to choke a couple of reindeer. I saw a rare tennis Vienna bronze at this same show in 2003 from a different dealer that was asking $1,695.00 . That was cheap compared to this. It was Sunday, the last day of a four day show. The dealer, Muriel Peterson of Sammamish, Washington said she'd only had it out of the case three times to show people over the whole four days of the show.  She said she'd gotten it at the Atlantique City Show from Richard Wright, the famous doll dealer and expert that is on the Antiques Road Show. She said Richard had gotten it out of an estate somewhere, and that he regularly saves things for her, so it hadn't been seen. Antiques dealers are very conscious about having fresh things that haven't been seen. Doesn't mean jack to me though. If it's something I want, that's all that matters! For anyone new to this site, probably my biggest hot button is antique sports sculpture. I've lived and breathed it 18 years, so I know what's important, and what's not. As a collector, one of the funnest things is finding something you've never seen. This is a perfect example. Even though Soccer's not my bag really, it's just a great piece. Plus I figure I might be able to use it for a trade some day if I come across someone in Europe that has the baseball Vienna bronze, that is pictured in the Vienna Tennis Bronze Story I wrote. 




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