| ||(Pigeon) - "AGNEW & BROWN / CORNER OF 27TH / & SMALLMAN STS. / PITTSBURGH PA." Target Ball, a Pittsburgh glasshouse, 1875 - 1900. Golden amber, highly detailed, embossed image of a pigeon, 3-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8", perfect! This is it! Considered by the majority collectors to be the "Holy Grail" of target balls, the 'whole shootin match', so to speak. The combination of rarity, desirability, and eye-appeal, are second to none. Ex. Alex Kerr, Peter Frobouck collections.
|| ||5|| $ 9,000|
| || "BOGARDUS' GLASS BALLS - STOLBERGER GLASHUTTEN A. G." Target Ball, Germany, 1875 - 1900. Moss-green coloration, concentric rings on both sides with embossing around perimeter, 2-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 ¾", near mint; (just a couple of light patches of minor stain, otherwise excellent!) Among the rarest of all the Bogardus target balls. One of only four known examples that were originally dug outside of a castle, near Paris, France. Exceptional!
|| ||1|| $ 1,500|
| || "E. E. SAGE & CO, / GLASS MANUFACTURUERS. / CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. / PATENTED AUGUST 21ST / 1877." Target Ball, 1877 - 1885. Golden amber, 3-piece mold, short neck with rough sheared mouth, perfect! A most impressive, and extremely rare advertising target ball with large lettering embossed around the entire surface of the ball. In Ralph's 45 years of collecting, he is aware of three different molds, and perhaps as few as six known examples.
|| ||16|| $ 4,250|
| || Stars and Stripes pattern Target Ball, America, 1875 - 1900. Aquamarine, referred to as the 'Stars and Stripes', or 'Stars and Bars' pattern, the ball is covered with tiny embossed stars or dimples, and the sides having horizontal strips or bars, 3-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8", perfect! Typically found in shades of amber, the aquamarine examples are much more rare, and extremely difficult to acquire. An exceptional ball in perfect condition.
|| ||1|| $ 1,000|
| || "FROM F.G. HOPKINS / ST. JO. MO." (around base) - "BOGARDUS GLASS BALL PATD APR 10.." (small letters around shoulder), Target Ball, America, 1877 - 1890. Medium amber, quilted diamond pattern, 3-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 ¾", near mint; (a little washable interior residue; a ¼" area of the rough sheared neck missing, and likely occurred during manufacture). One of only three examples known, and arguably the rarest of all the various Bogardus molds. Exceptional!
|| ||1|| $ 2,000|
| || "PAT AUG 13 1878" Target Ball, Whitall, Tatum & Co., Millville, NJ, 1878 - 1890. Light aquamarine, 2-piece mold with a ¼" dimple, or inset, in the base, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8"; (a 3/16" flake from the side of the rough sheared mouth that almost certainly occurred during manufacture, otherwise pristine perfect). A great example, bright, sparkling, and covered with tiny whittle marks. Believed to be one of only three examples known!
|| ||1|| $ 700|
| || Rare, 4-pointed Star Pattern Target Ball, America, 1875 - 1900. Golden amber, embossed with large, 4-pointed stars around entire ball, 3-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8", perfect. An extremely rare mold, very attractive pattern, with only a handful known to exist. Two examples were previously sold on eBay, one in 2002, a second example in 2005, for $5,000, and $5,800 respectively. Despite research, very little is known about this extremely rare, and interesting, target ball.
|| ||1|| $ 1,000|
| || "LIDDLE & KEADING / AGENTS" Target Ball, possibly San Francisco & Pacific Glass Works, 1878 - 1889. Deep aquamarine, heavily embossed in a circle, 2-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 ¾"; (just a minor trace of very faint milkiness, otherwise perfect). Whittled and extremely rare, one of only two known in this mold and color. L&K were gun dealers in San Francisco in 1878 - 1889. In 2003, an amber example sold for $10K, one of two dug in Sacramento, 8' down in a privy.
|| ||5|| $ 3,750|
| ||"VAN CUTSEM - A ST QUENTIN" Target Ball, France, 1875 - 1900. Light-to-medium cobalt, quilted diamond pattern above and below center band, 3-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8", perfect. As noted in Section 1, a large cache of these previously rare balls were uncovered in 1994, in the basement of an old French estate. They have been filtering into the hands of collectors for more than 20 years, and have now become the most classic, and recognizable, of the French target balls.
|| ||13|| $ 210|
| || "VAN CUTSEM - A ST QUENTIN" Target Ball, France, 1875 - 1900. Deep, vivid cobalt blue, quilted diamond pattern above and below center band, 3-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8", perfect. A dense cobalt coloration, and certainly one of the deeper examples that we have seen for this ball.
|| ||10|| $ 200|
| || "N.B. GLASS WORKS PERTH - N.B. GLASS WORKS PERTH" Target Ball, England, 1875 - 1900. Sapphire blue, quilted diamond pattern above and below center band, 3-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8"; (just a small trace of very minor stain, or light residue, otherwise perfect). Note, mold variation with backwards "S" in "GLASS" and "WORKS", and upside-down "P" in "PERTH". A classic early target ball from "across the pond", nice color.
|| ||6|| $ 170|
| || "WW GREENER ST MARYS WORKS - BIRMM & 68 HAYMARKET LONDON" Target Ball, England, 1875 - 1900. Medium sapphire blue, quilted diamond pattern above and below center band, 3-piece mold, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 5/8", perfect. A fantastic example, clean, bright, and with nice clarity to the glass. Provenance: Ex. Alex Kerr collection.
|| ||6|| $ 230|
| || Quilted, Diamond Pattern Target Ball, probably Australia, 1875 - 1900. Sapphire blue, overall quilted diamond pattern, crude 2-piece mold with base plate, rough sheared mouth, dia. 2 ½"; (a touch of light interior haze in one side, otherwise excellent). A scarce ball, overall very nice condition.
|| ||5|| $ 210|