The Harvard Brothers Reunite
Greetings all! I am very excited to be making my first "Changing Hands" post of 2017. For you veteran collectors, you have seen these two. In fact, there have been posts on the forum about the amazing work of William on each of these gloves. I am pleased to report that my "bookends" collection has now expanded to include the two "known" NSG Co. Harvard 501 white crescent gloves. "Known" is defined here by those that are depicted on JD's website. By no means am I claiming these are the only two in existence.
Last year, I was fortunate to have made a deal to purchase a few gloves at once that included one of these two Harvard's. And earlier this week, I was able to add the second one to the collection. As some of you know, my collection focus is the early stuff, as well as white sewn webs. So this was a daily double for me!
A big part of what makes the hobby fun for me is sharing the experience with my two boys, Chase (6) and Wyatt (5). While they are a bit young to fully appreciate the history of the gloves and such, we've started a tradition that when a new one comes in, we open the package together. And we all look at the glove, smell it, and try it on. Then we talk about it a little. And in those really cool instances, it is a glove that has been featured in one of the books out there. Such was the case with the second Harvard, which appeared in John Graham's book. The look on my boys' faces when they realize that I just got a glove that is in a book is priceless. There is some initial confusion..."So, wait...this glove we are holding is THAT glove?!?!"
This amazing hobby plays a different role for everyone. And I enjoy sharing pieces of my journey along the way, and am equally as excited to hear about your journeys. Sure, I might be jealous from time to time when an amazing glove or mitt goes into another collection
, but I still love hearing about it!
Below are some pics of the two Harvard gloves together. In addition, I thought I'd share a pic of my boys with the gloves and John Graham's book that I took this morning.