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    Circa 1897 Baltimore Orioles Championship Button. Exceedingly rare commemorative item celebrates back-to-back-to-back Temple Cup Championships from this 19th century superpower boasting such Hall of Fame immortals as Wee Willie Keeler, John McGraw, Hughie Jennings, Joe Kelley and Wilbert Robinson. While the colorful enamel obverse makes its case clearly, the back of the pin is considerably more mysterious, bearing engraved text sandwiching the "Sterling" stamping that reads, "Partie, J.A.D."

    Now, the word "partie" can mean "game" in French, but this hardly sheds much light. There is no rostered player on any of the three championship editions, or on the 1897 team, that matches the monogram. However we can say with complete confidence that the engraving (and thus the button) are many decades old--we have no doubt that this is a period piece. It is likely that these buttons were distributed to players and VIPs at a celebratory banquet prior to the start of the 1897 season, though this is admittedly conjecture. Certainly it's a team-issued relic, not one ever available to a retail market.

    The diameter of the enameled front is .75", and the back engraved portion is .5" in diameter, crafted to tuck snugly into the button hole of a shirt or jacket.


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    February, 2020
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