In extreme (but true) portrayals of athletes, Chicago’s L.L. Rittgers company simultaneously conveyed the physical and emotion tolls that competition exacts. These (6) 1940s chalkware keepsakes include:
Baseball the most familiar Rittgers creation, this trio includes two opposing players leaning forward with unfavorable expressions. Positioned between the fierce combatants, an umpire stands calmly, eyes closed and hands behind his back as if to simply wait out whatever tirades are staged. The players, meanwhile, were believed to be representatives from the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox, with the latter reported to be Monty Stratton. Each player has a vintage label decal on the underside of the right foot.
Wrestlers the members of this trio leave no doubt as to the match outcome. Towering above the pot-bellied referee and his opponent, the victorious grappler merely stares down at his foe, who is literally wound in a knot.
The pieces are crack-free and present beautifully. Each has a “1941” copyright engraving.