Baseball treasure hunters unearth some ancient specimens with this assortment of antique baseball equipment. Get a feel for how the game was played in distant pastures when horsepower was usually limited to the one you were sitting on with this group of lemon peel balls and a thick-handled bat.
The (4) baseballs are all dark brown hand-sewn types dating from the late-1800s to early-1900s, with:
(2) Smaller sized that may date back even earlier, with: a 7" diameter example sporting a 1/2" split, that when sewn tight may have been as small as 6"; the other of these smaller balls is a figure-8 type with a 7-1/2" diameter in very appealing shape with only light to moderate wear
(2) Larger sized with: a 9" diameter model showing considerable wear including small patches of surface material loss; and a 9-1/2" diameter ball with a more unusual surface pattern that takes the form of two round panels stiched all around with a 1" strip in the middle with seam perpendicular to the round disc-like panels, this ball remains broadly appealing with relatively clean surfaces and tight stitching
The bat is a c.1900s-1910s Stall & Dean #5 model, this bat presents is handsome condition with light to moderate wear, including a dime-sized chip of surface loss on the barrel, a small chip on the knob and a good bit of wear on the end of the barrel, this is a thick handle type with small knob, a fair amount of the label logo is visible including the central winged-bat detail and enough of the lettering to make out the name of the manufacturer and the cities "Brockton" and "Chicago"