A Spalding worth blowing your horn about

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A Spalding worth blowing your horn about

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It's not quite a fishing reel "go-with" but there are some cool old referee's nickel-plated brass horns out there, mostly made in England. This one is marked by the A.G. Spalding Co.


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Anything AG Spalding is very cool in my book; I love the baseball logo, especially on their small burgundy cardboard fly boxes. But that, Richard, is beyond cool.Wow.
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That's cool. Is it a bike horn or fan horn? Condition looks magnificent!
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That's a cool looking item I hadn't seen before. You could bring it to the ORCA convention to announce the start of new events. That would get everyone's attention.
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I would guess it's a fox horn.
Now you need a rolling pack of American fox hounds.
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It's a horn used by referees in sporting events. There were quite a few different makers and different designs. It has a reed inside the mouthpiece so it's more of a "blaaaaaattttt" sound than a typical ref's whistle.
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Richard, do you know what sporting event would use this horn?
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Here's another ref's horn. This one, made by Lowe and Campell Athletic Goods, has a leather strap so it fits on your hand. This one is just 3 1/2" long. The Spalding horn is 6" long.


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As for sporting events, I'm thinking it would be used by a soccer referee, or another field sport like lacrosse, rugby or field hockey. Definitely early 1900s is my guess.
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I went to look in our Library to see if we had a Spalding catalog. We don't and I'm surprised. If one of our members would let us post a copy that would be great. I did find the horn in a page on a 1927 Spalding catalog on eBay now. It' says it's a referee horn.
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Interesting, Ron. I was putting in the first quarter of the 1900s, so I was in the ball park, so to speak. I bet Spalding catalogs are pretty rare but one would be jammed with cool sporting goods of the era!
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There’s a horn on eBay made by Rawlings in England. The collector gene in each of us almost made me buy it for $20, but it is missing the mouthpiece. See what you started, Richard…

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Hey Mike, don't try to justify anything you collect. Just have fun and learn about new things. Now I have to find one.
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I did find this blurb at footballarchaeolgy.com

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I saw that one without the mouthpiece, Mike. It's all yours. :D Maybe John Elder can make a mouthpiece for it? :type:
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I used one of those when refereeing high school basketball games in the 1950s.
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We want game photos, Phil! :wink:
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In this previous post about the Spalding Horn, I pointed out the similarities to boat fog horns. You could collect a bunch of these viewtopic.php?p=115043&hilit=boat+horn#p115043
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Richard,
Here’s an AG Spalding matchbook cover from Cincinnati, currently offered on eBay, that might strike your fancy. The 4-digit phone number leads me to believe it’s WW II-era.
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