William Read & Sons mitt

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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby vintagebrett » May 17th, 2015, 8:25 am

Here is the recent mitt that popped up on eBay. It looks like it could be the model from the catalog page posted above - I would date it to the mid 1910's as I have a 1920 catalog that has no baseball equipment and the logo is just READ. Mitt is large and well constructed but has some major cracking issues to leather on back - front leather is soft and suppple. The tag is neat and different from the earlier models that had the blue sun pattern.
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby vintagebrett » December 12th, 2015, 5:39 pm

Here are some snippets from a Fall/Winter 1919 Wm Read catalog. Not sure they were still making baseball equipment at this point - most of the items are hunting related but they do have a few footballs, boxing gloves, etc. - not large line like the catalog I have from 1910.

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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby vintagebrett » January 28th, 2016, 10:37 am

I added a gallery to my website with William Read items

http://www.playokantiques.com/william-read-sons/
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby vintagebrett » July 14th, 2017, 1:50 pm

Been a while since I've updated to this thread - hard to locate nice items in this day and age. As all things come in spurts, here are four things I've picked up in the past month, 3 of which came together as a group.

First is an empty Wm. Read & Sons baseball box. Has a great label and nice eye appeal. Thanks to Number9 for helping me acquire this beauty.
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Next is an awesome handheld scorer that is dated 1909. It's pretty small but has spectacular eye appeal and is still functioning.
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This white leather full web shows some wear but still displays well - lining feels great on the hand as well. Patch is awesome too.
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Saving the best for last, this incredible 1B mitt - it's very large and super well constructed. I've attached a side view just so you can see the unique build on it. An absolute forever keeper.
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby mikesglove » July 15th, 2017, 10:21 pm

I like the big roll and double welting. Nice find!
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby okdoak » July 18th, 2017, 7:23 pm

Love the tag on your Read glove and the grommet web on your mitt. The graphics on that scorer are outstanding, too.
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby rosajr » July 20th, 2017, 12:26 pm

Wonderful, beautiful items, great items to be shared among the glove collectors but also of great historical significance. Great job as usual Brett!!
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby vintagebrett » July 22nd, 2017, 9:03 am

Thanks guys! Happy to share them
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby mikesglove » August 19th, 2017, 12:42 am

mikesglove wrote:William Read & Sons of Boston MA. was founded in 1826 specializing in military arms and sporting goods. There baseball gloves and mitts are very tough to come by. This particular mitt from the baseballglovecollector.com website caught my attention because of its pristine condition and odd wrist protector.
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The inventor of the mitt was Arthur Ferry of Chicopee Falls, MA. with a patent date of 1906. (note the same arrow head wrist strap)
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I could not find any reference to Mr. Ferry being an employee of William Read & sons or an independent inventor who either sold or licensed the patent. As a interesting side note, Winchester Sporting Goods bought out William Read & Sons in 1926. Also Chicopee Falls, MA. was the birthplace of Victor Sporting Goods in 1898.


I did some more research on the inventor Arthur Ferry. He was a traveling salesman living in Chicopee Falls, MA. He worked for a time with his brother Lewis Ferry who owned an insurance agency. Lewis Ferry was an original investor in the Overman Wheel Co. when it moved to Chicopee Falls in 1882. Arthur Ferry was an employee at the Overman plant in 1895. He is listed in the Chicopee Falls Directory. He had three baseball related patents, the mitt. a catchers mask and a baseball stitching clamp. The Overman Wheel Co. began as a bicycle manufacturer and started a line of sporting goods in 1893. When Overman went bankrupt in 1898, The sporting goods division was sold to Charles Whitney and became Victor Sporting Goods. I am not sure if the Arthur Ferry patent of 1906 was bought by Victor, William Read or another manufacturer.
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I think the identity of the manufacturer of the mitt may lie with the unique stitching pattern above the wrist opening.
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby mikesglove » August 19th, 2017, 3:07 pm

Here's a few mitts that share that feature.
A Pennant model
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A Stall & Dean model
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A J.C. Higgins model
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby Number9 » August 27th, 2017, 10:25 pm

I've been saying it for years, much to Brett's delight, but Wm Read and Stall & Dean overlap in a lot instances. I think it makes sense that S&D were the primary supplier for Wm Read. I wouldn't say they had no other suppliers for their baseball goods, but I think S&D was the source for much of it.
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby Number9 » August 28th, 2017, 3:18 am

Mike, curious, do you have patent info for the stitching clamp patented by Arthur Ferry?
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby mikesglove » August 29th, 2017, 12:46 pm

I looked through the catalogs of S&D and WM. Read during the 1904-06 period. The descriptions, illustrations and artwork are near identical for the catchers mitts. I was hoping to find an S&D mitt illustration with the button wrist strap. No such luck.
William, here's the baseball stitching clamp illustration. it's a Canadian patent.
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Re: William Read & Sons mitt

Postby Number9 » August 30th, 2017, 1:38 am

Interesting. Thanks, Mike!
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