Mastro Winter 2006
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In an envigorating departure from one or more New York teams going to the Series, 1925's October baseball matched the Washington Senators against the Pirates of Pittsburgh. The artistic statements projected by these adversaries, as expressed in their press pins, essentially mirrored their respective personae. Pittsburgh's "Jolly Roger" black enamel — fashioned in the commonwealth's keystone motif — amounted to the ideal image that the franchise hoped to advance. And this 1925 Pirate pin has survived in absolutely mesmerizing condition. The enamel is perfect in its application as well as its purity. Likewise, the plated surfaces are uniformly sparkling with not a hint of tarnish. The fastening attachment (to include the specially designed, convex-surfaced nut) bears the clean stamping of the pin's manufacturer, Whitehead & Hoag. The Washington pin, almost as a counterpoint, was fashioned in subdued features. With a scalloped perimeter, the piece was designed with substance — exuding material quality as it rests in the palm. Against its predominantly metallic surfaces, this pin is characterized by perfect enamel, and a small area of tarnish appears on the baseball that projects in relief. This Senators piece was one of Dieges & Clust's earliest press pin creations. Like the Pittsburgh pin, the threaded fastener incorporates a specially designed, convex-surfaced nut and, of course, this one is original as well. Ultimately, this is a handsome pair — the Pirates pin is NM/MT and the Senators piece is Near Mint.
Exceptional Pair of 1925 World Series Press Pins - Washington and Pittsburgh (2)
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