Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Not So Fast, Nostradamus
This very attractive piece, which is described at the Zmotive Ebay gallery as a "celinoid," is listed as a team portrait of the 1888 Browns. There's just one small problem with that-it's obviously the 1887 team. Caruthers, Foutz, Welch, Bushong, Gleason, Boyle-definitely the 1887 Browns.
The team is hailed on the piece as American Association champions in 1886, 1887, and 1888. Before I realized that they misidentified the team, I was curious as to why they didn't mention the 1885 championship. It seemed a bit odd. But when you realise that the portrait was meant to say "1885-1886-1887" and that the Browns did win the championship in 1888, despite the fire sale that cost them a great deal of talent, this piece takes on a portentous quality.
I recommend clicking on the photo so you can get a good look at all the rich details. It's a really nice piece of work.