Posted 6 years ago
The Charles Pilsbury Sweater
The Pilsbury sweater is an article that appeared in my life in Fall of 2009. The sweater had it's own unique energy and I can tell you after tweny-five years in the antiques business I had never had an item speak to me. This sweater "told" me to get it home and on December 18th of 2009, the Pilsbury Sweater was reunited with the Pilsbury family. The Pilsbury Sweater was manufactured by M&N Sports of Boston, Massachusetts in 1937. It once belonged to the late Charles Pilsbury, he attended the Saint Paul School in New Hampshire. After graduating young Charles; a gifted and exceptional athlete enlisted in WW II. He was a jet fighter pilot and was killed early into the military campaign. His plane and body were missing and his status was listed as MIA/POW. In 1968, an anthropologist found Charles' plane and remains deep in the jungle on the Soloman Islands. It would not be for another 40 years until Charles' athletic sweater would resurface back in his home state of Minnesota. Through a series of events and research I was able to get the sweater back to the Pilsbury family. On December 18th (my birthday) I met Mr. & Mrs Charles Pilsbury; he had been named in honor of his missing and beloved Uncle Charles. He related the family story of Charles and his death, we were all stupefied as to the preserved condition of the sweater and how it had come to end up Saint Paul, Minnesota. After our meeting Charles Pilsbury was going to meet his father and present the sweater.
It was one of the most gratifying events of my career.