Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby mikesglove » August 24th, 2014, 2:50 pm

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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby mikesglove » October 14th, 2014, 8:56 pm

Here is a radical looking 1930's KenWel glove made for Vandervoort Hardware. It's a "Gordon Slade" model 530 with lacing up the pinky in addition to the trademark KenWel finger lacing. No other way into the padding except through the pinky lacing. Pretty cool look to the glove. Glad the cloth patch and pocket stamps remained intact.
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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby vintagebrett » October 15th, 2014, 7:14 am

That's a sharp looking glove! Similar to the VWD from the teens that was laced up the side - I think there was a Reach model too.
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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby mikesglove » October 28th, 2014, 7:40 pm

I couldn't find a lace-up 'teens era VWD glove but here is one from 1924.
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Here is the A.J. Reach model from 1925.
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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby rdb34 » December 30th, 2016, 3:03 pm

Mike,

Found this glove at a flea market over the summer( fun note: Hippie Tom of American Pickers was selling at the both next door, got to shake his hand). I've showed it to a few forum members and they all said the same thing that it was a Pinelli model. The big feature that threw me off was, in all the available glove pictures the leather tabs have double lacing, the glove I found had a single lace ran thru the grommets on the tabs.

It took me awhile to get the glove this presentable, unfortunately the only time any stampings become visible is when I'm conditioning it.


Hope you enjoy the pics,

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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby mikesglove » December 30th, 2016, 5:26 pm

That's a great find! The fact that it has only the single eyelet through the leather flaps is super cool. It is early, early in the Ken-Wel laced finger development. The patch, button and overall condition is excellent. A real survivor! I know Pinelli endorsed the double laced model in the 1924 catalog. I think yours may pre-date that. The 1923 catalog is not complete unfortunately. Here's the patent drawing for your glove. Notice the flaps on all four fingers. Your close-up photo shows the pinky flap torn off at some point. All in all though, a landmark glove!
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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby glovejunkie » December 30th, 2016, 7:41 pm

Richie,

Can you send me an email....I'd love to chat with you about that glove;)

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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby Number9 » January 4th, 2017, 7:01 pm

rdb34 wrote:Mike,

Found this glove at a flea market over the summer( fun note: Hippie Tom of American Pickers was selling at the both next door, got to shake his hand). I've showed it to a few forum members and they all said the same thing that it was a Pinelli model. The big feature that threw me off was, in all the available glove pictures the leather tabs have double lacing, the glove I found had a single lace ran thru the grommets on the tabs.

It took me awhile to get the glove this presentable, unfortunately the only time any stampings become visible is when I'm conditioning it.


Hope you enjoy the pics,

Richie


Richie, that's incredible. Definitely one of the coolest flea market finds I've heard of in the glove world in quite some time. Congrats!
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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby rdb34 » February 1st, 2017, 1:10 pm

Thanks for the compliments on the Ken-Wel. I can't wait for the 1923 catalog to pop up. Although, I have a feeling this glove might not be in there anyway. My reasoning is that the leather tabs on the back of the fingers was probably a quality control nightmare. Not only to manufacture but the inherent weakness of the design. It probably didn't take long to figure out that installing the grommets directly in the fingers as opposed to the tabs was way stronger.


I like to imagine they gave this glove to a player to try out. The pinky tab broke on the first hot smash and we have the Dazzy Vance model.
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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby vintagebrett » May 25th, 2017, 2:30 pm

With a little help from JD in identification, here is a very early Ken-Wel label. Gotta love the K made of bats surrounded by a ball. Too bad the cloth label isn't in better shape.

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Re: Ken-Wel and the Kennedy Brothers

Postby ebbets55 » May 25th, 2017, 5:20 pm

Love it! Fantastic pickup. Only the second time I've seen that logo. Pre-'20 Ken Wels are just about extinct. Glad to see another turn up.

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