Join in a baseball version of the "Game of Thrones", by participating in the bidding battle to claim this incredible folk art chair. Commissioned by Oscar Roettger c.1961-1962, this magnificent throne chair is a one-of-a-kind marvel assembled with valued, vintage Louisville Slugger bats. A career baseball man, Roettger played for the NY Yankees in 1923-1924, the Brooklyn Robins in 1927 and the Philadelphia A's in 1932. The first baseman/outfielder/pitcher also won the 1933 Montreal Royals team MVP award and in 1983 he received the annual "King of Baseball" ceremonial title, awarded at the Winter Meetings in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to pro ball.
This custom made chair was put together by "Joseph Hansmann Upholstery", as noted on a label affixed to underside of the seat. The partially visible phone number and the graphics style used on this label are consistent with the early 1960s period. Roettger was a native of St. Louis and it's likely the chair originates from in or around the "Gateway City".
Now for the really good stuff. Virtually impossible to recreate, this amazing piece is constructed with thirteen full-size bats, three mini-bats and three multi-signed baseballs. While age appropriate wear is noted, this unique piece presents in handsome state and has been approved by the most physically dense H&S staff member, who weighing in at 285 pounds has declared "yeah, it feels good and sturdy". The components are as follows:
Five full-size bats with from left to right: 1955 NY Yankees "American League Champions" World Series black bat, George "Babe" Ruth model, customized Oscar Roettger model, Rogers Hornsby model and 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers "World Champions" World Series black bat.
Sandwiched between these bats are two multi-signed ONL/Giles baseballs with: 1.) signed by LA Dodgers period coach Leo Durocher; pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale; position players Maury Wills and Ron Fairly; and others; 2.) signed by St. Louis Cardinals period manager Johnny Keane; first baseman/outfielder Stan Musial; and others. These visible autographs average ("4-5") potency and are without authentication due to time/cost restraints. Some signatures are hidden behind the bats and others are only partial, including "Red" Schoendienst on the Cardinals ball. Both balls bear abrasions on the panels facing rear.
Arm rest: Lou Gehrig model bat with handle shortened and fitted into the knob
Front upright: 1954 Cleveland Indians "American League Champions" World Series black bat with knob cut off to fit design
Rear upright: "Rocky" Colavito model bat
Base: Roger Maris model with knob and handle cut off to fit design
Arm rest: Ty Cobb model bat with handle shortened and fitted into knob
Front upright: 1954 NY Giants "World Champions" World Series black bat with knob cut off to fit design
Rear upright: Bill White model bat
Base: Hank Bauer model with handle and knob cut off to fit design
The padded leather seat is framed with wood slats that are covered with mini-bats, including two partial Mickey Mantle models on the front; and a 1955 "Minor League Meeting" bat, that is split with the labeled side affixed to the slat on the left and the blank side affixed to the slat on the right.
The front of the base is fashioned with two handles/knobs segments, that were presumably cut from the Maris and Bauer bats. These handle segments are centered by another multi-signed ball that is heavily abraded with signatures too faint to discern.
OK now, that wraps it up. Let's see who wants to rule baseball from the comfort of his man-cave or her she-shed.
Due to considerable size and weight, this item will incur a significant shipping fee. Pick-up at our local Maryland facility is invited.