Friday, February 20, 2015

Ambidextrous baseball glove patent 1911


The Washington Herald. (Washington, D.C.), 25 Sept. 1911. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045433/1911-09-25/ed-1/seq-10/>


A Philadelphia baseball fan, possessing an inventive mind, has just patented an ambidextrous baseball glove, which, he maintains will be in great demand some of these days.

The glove can be worn on either left or right hand, and is said to possess qualities unexcelled in other baseball armament.

The patent described the improvement as follows: 

"The object of my invention is to produce a baseball finger glove adapted to be worn with equal facility upon either the right of left hand. "

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Fort Wayne Daily News (Fort Wayne, Indiana) 15 Dec 1911

A Philadelphia fan possessed of an inventive turn of mind has patented an ambidextrous baseball glove, which, he maintains, will be in great demand some of these days when the players get the game down to such a fine point that they can worry the opposition by changing hands on every play.


How much would an ambidextrous glove like this fetch at auction?


Description: Rare Spalding Ambidextrous baseball fielder's glove c.1900. Very seldom offered style of early glove. Glove remains in nice overall condition with red Spalding label on backstrap and all of its' orig. webbing between the fingers intact. Interior shows moderate usage wear incl. some pitting to (3) fingers. First example that we have handled: VG-EX

Sold For: $3,250.00
Estimated Price: ($3,500.00-$4,500.00)

source: Hunt Auctions



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