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    Early Harvard Hockey Sticks (1901-1902) Lot of 3. Harvard was a leader in the early beginnings and evolution of the game of hockey and continues as one of the proudest programs in the sport. With origins which date to before the Spanish-American War, the Crimson hockey tradition began humbly on a local pond. The first of three sticks offered dates to a February 11, 1901 match involving Harvard and Yale, only the second meeting between these two storied Ivy League rivals. The results of the match are all visible as inscribed on the stick, "H (Harvard) - 4. Y(Yale) - 0. Feb. 11. 1901. St. Nicholas Rink. NY." The stick has a Wilson manufacturer stamp. The second stick present dates to a January 18, 1902 matchup of Harvard and Columbia, a first-ever meeting between these hockey programs. The results of the match are also visible as inscribed on the stick, "Harvard - 4. Columbia - 3. Jan. 18. 1902. St. Nicholas Rink. NY." The stick has an unidentified vintage signature, as well as the marking "XXX" visible. A 6" crack is visible in the blade. The last of three sticks dates to a February 8, 1902 confrontation between Harvard and Brown, part of the oldest continuing hockey series in the country. All the pertinent facts are here as well; as inscribed on the stick, "H(Harvard) - 7. Brown - 2. Feb. 8. 1902. Cambridge." The stick has a Mountain City Cycle Co. manufacturer stamp. A crack which extends the full length of the blade is visible.

    Certainly among the earliest of any Ivy League hockey equipment, these sticks appear to have been displayed and are connected by metal hooks and wire. They could easily be separated and displayed individually if the winning bidder chose to do so. All three show signs that they were used in competition. Genuine and rare artifacts from the earliest days of hockey in the United States.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2005
    29th Saturday
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