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Early 20th Century American League Composite Doll - Rare

Lot Number 201

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Simultaneously growing in popularity, the World Series and the composition doll both quickly became all the rage in the early part of the twentieth century. The offered doll is believed to have been crafted as the American League representative for the 1914 Fall Classic. The baseball event, of course, was to determine supremacy between the newly formed "American " and "National" circuits. The composition doll, meanwhile, supplanted the traditional (and decidedly more brittle) "bisque," or porcelain version, penetrating the market approximately the same time that this particular specimen was introduced. Standing 14" in height, the doll is stuffed with straw (ample portions, it seems) and is clad in a gray flannel baseball ensemble with a felt "A" sewn to the left breast. The head and hands represent the "composition" portions, with sawdust and glue the primary ingredients. The face and neck are affected by multiple cracks, though the rosy cheeks succeed in offsetting many of those. A recent auction sale showcased a period Federal League example which, aside from its 31-inch stature, had many of the same attributes as this smaller 14 version, suggesting that this may very well have been a contemporary companion. Overall, this is a well-preserved Deadball Era relic. 
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