Posted 12 months ago
These are rare baseball tintypes of two young men on the Pepperell, MA baseball club in 1872. They were originally in the frame shown in the last picture, stating their names and ages at the bottom. The backs of the photos also have a piece of tape with their information on them. They are from a 1/6 plate, which puts their dimensions at about the size of a baseball card. To be exact 2 3/8" X 3 7/8" for these two.
About 21 Yrs.
Pep. Baseball Club
About 19 Yrs.
Pep. Ball Club
I looked for more information on these two brothers and found on ancestry.com that Clarence lived from 1853-1954, which shows that he was indeed 19 years old during the time the photo was taken. And amazingly enough, he lived to be 100 years old. Charles was born in 1851, which shows he would have been 21 in the picture, as the frame suggests. They are on the same family tree in what I found online, showing them as brothers.
Now, to speak to their eye-appeal and rarity compared to other baseball tintypes. I was drawn to these because, for one, they are brothers, with a name to put with each face. Most baseball tintypes are lost to history as far as a backstory. The uniforms are extremely slick for the day and don't look like the clown uniforms many players wore during the time period. Also, they are posed with a blank background, as opposed to some of the gaudy and strangely staged backgrounds you see in many other tintypes. Some had very intricately painted backdrops. I prefer the blank backdrop so the player can be seen better. This makes them seem more like baseball cards as well. They don't look out of place in their baseball uniforms, as many did during the time period (see my point about clown uniforms). These two look like they can actually play the game. They are truly beautiful baseball tintypes.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.