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c.1880s Pencil Box with Baseball Game Scene Lithograph Lid

Lot Number 401

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From the height of the "Victorian Era" comes this marvelous pencil box, decorated with a scene of an early baseball game. Crafted in black lacquered wood with a lithograph baseball illustration on the lid, this built to last box shows moderate, age-appropriate wear with divots and grooves of surface loss scattered across the lid, which nevertheless remains attractive. Opened with a smoothly functioning but moderately oxidized full length brass hinge, this antique artifact has approximate dimensions of 7-3/4 x 2-1/8 x 1-1/8" and opens to reveal three compartments of various size, intended to house pencils and accessories. Not exactly rare, still this desktop dazzler is offered infrequently. Typically the previously presented examples are cited as dating from the 1880s or 1890s, however it's possible this box is even a bit older than that. A close look at the lid scene shows the fielders playing without gloves and the first known use of a glove in a baseball game occurred in 1875. Whether this piece pre-dates the use of gloves or was indeed created in the 1880s-1890s, perhaps to evoke a sense of nostalgia in customers for the earliest phase of the game, one thing's for sure, this ancient pencil box is an exciting relic of the late 1800s with great display appeal.

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