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Iron Arm and Olympic Brand gloves

Postby mikesglove » September 15th, 2011, 1:43 pm

The Iron Arm Brand of glove and mitts has a really cool logo on the front. This 1930-40's Spurgeon Chandler "Knuckle-eze" model glove shows an arm holding a spear
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The logo comes from an old English coat of arms. Note the armor and the same twisted rope design.

In addition to the Chandler "Iron Arm" glove, the "Knuckle-Eze" model was also stamped on some "Olympic" gloves made for Western Auto Stores. Below is a Pee Wee Reese Olympic glove box.
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The Chandler and Reese gloves below look to be made by the same manufacturer. Denkert Sporting Goods would be a likely candidate.
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Joe's "Vintage Baseball Glove Catalog Resource Book" differentiates between the Western Auto in-house brand "Olympic" and Olympic Sporting Goods of New York.
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Re: Iron Arm and Olympic Brand gloves

Postby mikesglove » September 15th, 2011, 1:53 pm

Olympic Sporting Goods seems to have been a separate entity featuring the Peerless Brand of equipment.The "Peerless" brand bat below.
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"Peerless" brand catchers mitt with cloth patch on the back
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Badminton racket cover from Olympic Sporting Goods
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Below is an early 1915-20's Olympic Sporting Goods "Semi-Pro" model glove. The logo is a little hard to see . It reads "Olympic" in the center.
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Re: Iron Arm and Olympic Brand gloves

Postby BretMan » September 16th, 2011, 7:23 am

Good 'ol Denkert strikes again. Sometimes I wonder who they didn't make gloves for!
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Re: Iron Arm and Olympic Brand gloves

Postby mikesglove » October 8th, 2011, 10:38 pm

Here is an image I found of a antique brass button, pre-1930 with the iron arm logo. The description wasn't specific about where it came from, although there is a metal loop on the back. Maybe a jacket, uniform?
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Re: Iron Arm and Olympic Brand gloves

Postby mikesglove » February 17th, 2014, 4:16 pm

Here is an ad from 1931 featuring Iron Arm brand gloves and mitts. The model numbers are identical to Denkert brand. The St. Louis retailer lists the G120 "Toy" Douthit model as their top glove. He was a St. Louis player throughout his career so possibly the reason for the endorsement. It has got to be a rare model glove. The ad describes it as having an adjustable web, a 1930 patent invention by Rawlings.

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