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Lot 1600: 1839-53 Magnolia Base Ball Club Copper Plate Engraving
Extremely rare invitation is a signed copper plate engraving of the quality of paper money. The card itself is a heavy stock with a silver mirror finish. This invitation to the “1st Annual Ball vof the Magnolia Ball Club” measures 5x3.25”. The image is magnificent. It shows the plantation like Magnolia Club with its main building and a yacht flying the “M” flag. Half the image is a richly detailed state-of-the-art baseball game in progress. The players are wearing long pants, there are wickets instead of bases, the catcher stands steps behind the batter with no equipment (pre-mask and shin guards) and catches the ball on one bounce. The engraving is signed “Eng. By W. Fairthorne.” Fairthorne worked in New York City starting in 1839 until the time of his death in 1853, thereby, dating the piece from that 1839-53 time period. Finally, Magnolia is an area in southern New Jersey and the site of many stately plantations not unlike the one graphically illustrated we see pictured here. EX+.
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