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Old 08-12-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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I recently purchased what I hope is a 19th century baseball bat from an estate sale. I was hoping that the fine folks in the baseball forum could help me get more info about this guy. It is 32 inches long and weighs about 72 ounces. It has no markings on it. It has a flat top and lathe marks on the bottom. Any information you folks could give would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-16-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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that weight seems quite high plus looking at some of the on-line images for 19th century bats, almost all seem to have some type of engraving or other embellishments. I think early baseball memorabilia is quite collectable so it wouldn't be too hard to find an auction house or other resources that could verufy this for you.

Exceptional Nineteenth-Century Baseball Bat Collection (7)

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Old 08-16-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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I recently purchased what I hope is a 19th century baseball bat for $6900...

If you zoom in really close:


I bought the exact same thing in Tijuana for $7.

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Old 08-17-2013, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Woodworking lathes were very common in the early 20th century, and it is ikely that amateur baseball was often played in those days with home-made bats. Without any markings, this could be one of those, made about any time before 1940.
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