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Ceramic Red Sox Smoking Set

Auction:
3191T
Lot:
1147
Sold for:
$923$750

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

Description:

Ceramic Red Sox Smoking Set, Balfour Ceramic, Attleboro, Massachusetts, mid-20th century, comprising a cigarette box, table lighter, and four ashtrays, together with a Red Sox "Christmas Greetings" card signed by Joe Cronin, box 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.

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 $200-250


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

John Tobin, Frank Sinatra, Attleboro, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox players, Fenway Park, Fenway station, Fenway–Kenmore, Joe Cronin, Major League Baseball, Sports in the United States, Yawkey

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