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Red Sox Silver-plate Coffee Set

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3191T Location: Boston Date / Time: December 12, 2018 12:00PM


Red Sox Silver-plate Coffee Set, L.G. Balfour Co., Attleboro, Massachusetts, mid-20th century, comprising a pot, creamer, sugar and engraved handled tray, pot ht. 9 1/4, tray dia. 12 1/2 in., not including handles.

Provenance: Descended in the family of John Tobin, Boston Police Department detective and officer on the so-called "Pick-pocket Squad" in the 1940s and 50s. Tobin was a friend of the Red Sox and the Yawkey family, and had a box seat at Fenway Park. Over the years he was given gifts and souvenirs by the Red Sox, including drinkware, smoking sets, and signed baseballs. He also took side jobs as bodyguard for visiting celebrities including Frank Sinatra.
Estimate $300-500

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L.G. Balfour Co., John Tobin, Frank Sinatra, Attleboro