Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hal Trosky Endorsed Baseball Glove

I had no interest in baseball, other than playing first base as a child, but after purchasing a baseball glove endorsed by Hal Trosky I found a lot of interesting information and wanted to share. I was atonished to find that gloves and sports memoribilia have a vocabulary of there own to describe and date them.

Hal can be described as a hefty left-handed slugger, who was also a good contact hitter and an adequate, if not slick, fielder. In 1934, his rookie year with Cleveland, Big Hal batted .330, hit 35 homers and drove in 142 runs. Trosky died at age 66 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1979. He played 11 years in the majors, from 1933 through 1941 with the Cleveland Indians, and then in 1944 and 1946 with the Chicago White Sox. He had announced his retirement in 1941 because of migraine headaches, but returned for 135 games in 1944 and 88 games in 1946 with the White Sox.

Grade and Description (KeyMan Collectibles)

Fair / Poor - Gloves in this condition have been used, and abused considerably. Irreparable rips tears, and holes. Dry rot, water damage, and hardening of the leather. These Gloves are not displayable, and have no collectible value. The glove can not be restored, but may be good for parts.

Good - A gloves that may have been used considerably. Most of the stamping is gone or barely visible. Leather is much chaffed, thinned in spots, no form left. The glove may still be serviceable, but only collectible if an extremely rare model usually used filler until a better similar type is available.

Very Good - Very used but most of the stamping is visible. No form but intact. Cloth manufacturer label torn or worn out. Piping frayed, and worn.
Excellent - Well used but cared for. Stamping is visible. Dark with age but nice patina. Cloth label intact. Minor piping wear, some form left.

Excellent / Mint - Much stronger than an excellent glove but not near mint. It is an excellent glove with stronger characteristics of a higher grade glove such as strong bright stamping, perfect cloth label, no oil stains, and perfect insides. Etc.

Near Mint - A glove that has seen almost no use. Still stiff in form, all stamping strong. Perfect insides perfect cloth patch, has caught but a few balls. Some otherwise mint gloves may not have been used but have significant enough blemishes such as scratches from some handling or poor storage to drop into this grade category.

Mint - New never played with regardless of age. A mint glove may show some shelf wear due to age Such as minute piping wear, oxidation around brass grommets. Stiff due to no use, slight fading of original color, all of that must be minute, and from storage. Not from use. In its original form when bought.

Vintage Baseball Glove Dating Guide (KeyMan Collectibles)

Pre 1900s - Gloves had no web and are referred to as "workman" style gloves. Early fingerless gloves were used for better grip. Gloves were hand made or altered from existing gloves before they were manufactured for baseball.

1900 - 1915 - Gloves had sewn in webs known as "full webs" These webs were sewn directly to the thumb and forefinger and extended to where the thumb and forefinger meet by 1910 1 inch webs start appearing.

1910's - 1920's - Most gloves have a sewn in one inch web. Similar to the previous web except that the web was one to one and a half inches wide. Player endorsements now can be used to help date some gloves.

1920's - 1930's - A vertical tunnel loop web was used. Either two or four elongated loops were sewn in directly to the thumb and forefinger through which passed a simple rawhide lace. The "Bill Doak Era" of baseball Gloves begins.

1930's - 1940s - the more modern webs began to be used. First the single tunnel, then the double tunnel, then by the early 1940's triple tunnel and H webs began to be used. These were all separate webs that were laced to the glove. The single tunnel was about a one inch wide web, the double tunnel utilized two of these simple webs.

1940's - 1950 - the full modern webs began to be used. Until the late 1940's fielders gloves had no lacing between the fingers. These gloves are referred to as "Spit finger" Gloves. The transition of the split finger to the laced glove is more evident.

1950 - 1960 - Most gloves have lacing between the fingers although you will find an occasional split finger. The full web triple tunnel style dominates this era.

1960 - 1970 - The 1950s full web tunnel style still shows up, and with more lacing "weaved" in and out of the web showing on the outside.

1970 - 1980 - Although a 12" size rule was made in the 1950s outfielder Gloves begin to be made as long as 13 - 14".

So with all this in mind, here is the description of the glove I found. This is a workman’s style full webbed leather basemen’s glove from around the 1930’s. It has very soft burgundy colored leather that is slightly stained around the thumb area. The seams are intact with loop design sewing and the web is also connected with lacing. The wrist strap is intact with lacing and I do not see any signs of a sewn on label. The inside is smooth with no tears. The palm side of the glove is endorsed with “Hal Trosky”, “Chrome Max”, and then a circle emblem which is not real clear, other then “KHJ” and “SEAMLESS”. The glove measures 9 inches by 9 inches and is in very good condition.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Jefferson “Northwood Block” Pattern Celery Vase

This pattern features perpendicular lines that form a grid on the middle section of a curved vase. The vase narrows at the top and then widens into a ruffle. This vase measures 6 inches tall, with 3 1/4 inch round base and 3 ½ inches across the white opalescent frit.

There is an area on one of the block ridges that has a smeared appearance and is rough to the touch and also some scratches on the bottom of the vase. Once thought to be a Northwood product and even known as "Northwood Block," this vase pattern has been attributed to Jefferson in recent years after being found in old Jefferson advertisements. Jefferson issued Block vases were produced between 1900 and 1907 in clear, white, blue, green and canary colors.

The Jefferson Glass Company of Steubenville, Ohio, circa 1900-1906. To date, there are no comprehensive guides on the history of the Jefferson, a glassworks that produced wonderful and original pressed glass novelty items, and which exerted enduring influence on the Northwood glass company and invented several patterns Northwood used in carnival glass. By far, the best summary of the history of Jefferson Glass can be found in David A. Peterson's Vaseline Glass: Canary to Contempory (2002), pp. 181-184.

According to Peterson, the Jefferson Glass Company was founded in 1900 by four partners -- Harry Barstow, George Mortimer, Grant Fish and J.D. Sinclair. Initially the company was located in Steubenville, Ohio, the county seat of Jefferson County, from which the company took its name. The company remained in Steubenville until 1907. From 1900-1906, Jefferson specialized in the making of opalescent pressed glass. An early advertisement Jefferson placed in the December 13, 1900 Crockery & Glass Journal proclaimed that their opalescent glass was "better and cheaper than imported". The January, 1901 China, Glass & Pottery Review announced that "the company was formed to manufacture fancy glassware, which heretofore has had to be imported. There is nothing too fine for the Jefferson capacity."

William Heacock has chronicled Jefferson's brief history in Harry Northwood: The Wheeling Years 1901-1925 (p. 157). Heacock writes that in 1906-1907, the Jefferson Glass Company changed location to a site five miles away in Follansbee, West Virginia. Jefferson leased its old Steubenville plant to the Imperial Glass Company, but at the end of the year, the plant was destroyed in a fire. After Jefferson's relocation from Steubenville, its Follansbee site specialized in producing non-opalescent crystal until closing its doors in 1933. Jefferson also briefly operated a plant in Toronto called the Jefferson Glass Co. Ltd. of Toronto, which produced the same lines of glass as the Follansbee plant from 1912-1914.

According to Heacock, Jefferson sold many of its opalescent glass molds to the Northwood Glass Company upon relocating to Follansbee. For this reason, quite a few of Jefferson's early opalescent glass patterns are familiar to carnival glass collectors -- Vintage, Fine Cut & Roses, Meander and Ruffles & Rings are all Jefferson patterns used later on Northwood carnival glass. Many of Jefferson's opalescent vase patterns, however, vanished with company's relocation and never resurfaced in the carnival era. Jefferson's early opalescent vases thus tend to be quite distinctive and unlike anything that appeared later in a century of American glass production: EBay Review and Guides.

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