Produced by J.L. Prescott & Co.. this set of 9 Enameline Stove Polish dolls contains what many believe to be the first basketball item within a sports series. The series of 9 dolls represented colleges in their appropriate school colors. With many older items dating back towards the beginnings of basketball, it is always tough to decide whether we are looking at a basketball or something else. In this case, the set already included a football card (Yale), so it lends more support to this being a basketball-themed item. It is curious as to why Illinois Wesleyan was one of the selected colleges, joining Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Bryn Mawr and others. The Enameline Boy (as stated in the poem) provides an opportunity for collectors to get a 1890s basketball collectible at a reasonable price.
1890s "Basket Ball" Items
J.L. Prescott & Co.