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1876 Connecticut Eagles Trophy Ball Display

1876 Connecticut Eagles Trophy Ball Display

Recently discovered at a country auction in Connecticut and consigned by the Windsor family of Burlington, CT, this trophy honors a descendant who played for the Eagles baseball team of Connecticut. The piece came to our auction just as this catalogue was going to press so little research has been completed. The display itself was custom made by the family in 1936 and measures 7x8" overall. The look of the piece, the materials and the construction are consistent with that age. It features two silver color cups for the two baseballs, a wood base, and a frame suspended from the top with a tintype of the player's image. At the base of each of the three main pieces are silver stands that are mold-engraved with the appropriate years. The first baseball is a hand-painted, black trophy baseball circa 1880. It is in its original paint with a magniloquent gold eagle. Above, it reads “Eagles” and “1876-1880.” The patriotic embellishment of the eagle is not only the team name but is graphically inspired by the recent Centennial Celebration of 1876. The metal stand below is molded “1876.” The second baseball features 20+ signatures and appears to be from a 1936 reunion of sorts. The condition is overall about a 5/10. Below the cup, the metal embellishment reads “1936.” The third piece is in the center, and is a frame with a tintype. In excellent condition, it features Mr. Windsor wearing a serious jersey of the period while holding a bat and ball. The metal piece below is dated “1886.” The jersey has an Olde English logo which appears to read “FE.” This is likely from the Eagles and could be from a town such as Farmington which is only 10 miles away from the house where this was discovered. Whoever buys this has some fascinating research ahead of him/her in this fascinating nugget from the 19th century game.

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