Famous for its baseball statue set depicting angered opponents exchanging scowls with a stoic umpire between them, Chicago’s L.L. Rittgers company followed with portrayals of other athletic endeavors during the 1940s. These (4) chalkware treasures are among the more scarce representations. Includes:
Bowling includes a busty woman bowler as she’s ready to unleash what’s certain to be a strike; as well as a male bowler whose ball is much too heavy to lift, let alone send down the alley
Football (2) figurines include a defender and a ball carrier, both with exaggerated expressions of angst. The former is desperately clinging to what he believes to be an opposing player, though in reality, are only the pants and shoes of a long-since vanished player. The ball carrier, meanwhile, has escaped with only the ball, as his bare legs and shorts-covered behind are left suspended in mid-air.
With exception to the leg portion of the football "pants" player, these pieces are crack-free and present nicely, with a series of tiny chips affecting the ball carrier. Each has a “1941” engraving at the base. This was a copyright date that appeared on all Rittgers statues, which were actually produced throughout the 1940s.