Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    1874 Trophy Baseball from Game Between Rival Fire Departments. Our consignor located this remarkable early relic in an estate sale in the northeastern United States, a town equidistant from the towns of Dover, New Jersey and Dover, Delaware. While the specifics of the event may have been lost over the fourteen decades since the contest was held, the language artfully printed on the golden painted sphere would suggest it had been a friendly battle between rival fire departments. We interpret "H & L" to represent the common fire department terminology of "Hook & Ladder," and the "Hose" terminology of the rival then falls nicely into place. The text:

    "Protection H&L No. 1 of Dover vs. Independent Hose No. 1, Score 30 to 17, Oct. 13, 1874."

    The ball appears to have been mounted in a display at one point, leaving behind a small hole at the northern pole, and the design features of the ball and the aging of the paint and writing appears precisely correct for the era. An attractive and exciting relic from the earliest days of our National Pastime.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 343

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold on Nov 8, 2014 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 11 days left to consign to the 2021 June 17 Sports Monthly Showcase Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage auctions is more than just an auction business. They are in the 'preserving history' business as well.
    Alicia Kramer, Daughter of Jerry Kramer, five-time NFL World Champion,
    Garden City, ID
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search