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Stunning Early 1900s Baseball Stained Glass Window from Johnny Kling's Pool Hall

Stunning Early 1900s Baseball Stained Glass Window from Johnny Kling's Pool Hall

One of the rarest and most desired pieces of all “Baseball Antiques.” This originally came from Chicago Cub Johnny Kling's pool hall from his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. Art nouveau collage of ornate colored and painted glass is joined by hand soldered lead. incredible quality piece is made up of about 200 separate pieces of handmade glass in colors that flood the spectrum. The center is dominated by a huge hand painted on glass baseball crossed by two huge bats and flanked by two other hand painted baseballs on either side. Look of the equipment is pure "Dead Ball" era. Multi-dimensional red rubies in glass are dotted throughout the piece to give it a mystifying third dimension. Measures 54x35” and is in excellent condition except for some tiny minor cracks in the smaller pieces. They can be easily restored but is not necessary. Johnny Kling, apart from being one of the greatest Chicago Cubs catcher’s in history, was a top-drawer pool player. One of the best in fact, winning the World’s Billiards Championship. This window was custom made for his parlor Kling & Allen’s of Kansas City. At one time, Kling & Allen’s was the number one billiards parlor in the world. Reportedly, Kling made as much from the game of pool as he did from the game of baseball. This led to him holding out for the entire 1909 baseball season. This probably cost the Chicago Cubs their third World Championship in a row. Kling’s billiard Spectacular collage of ornate colored glass held together by hand soldered soft lead. There are only four stained period baseball stained glass windows known to exist. This is the first baseball stained glass window ever to be sold publicly. An incredible piece that transcends baseball collecting and with the historical baseball and aesthetic content takes this to a collecting level of pantheon proportions.

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