CERAMIC BASEBALL SYRUP DISPENSER, CIRCA 1910
inscribed Fan-Taz, Drink of the "Fans" and A Pennant Winner. Pumping components not original.
Height 15 ½ in. by Depth 9 ¾ in.
Pumping components not original but is functional and sits on top of ceramic dispenser. One repaired crack starting from rim above "5 cents" lettering and reaching down to top of the letter "F" in Fan, and a second hairline crack starting at the rim above the word "drink" reaching to the "Z" of Taz. Slight wear to upper gilt stitching on baseball. Overall crazing and staining commensurate with age and use.
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Robert Edward Auctions, Watchung, New Jersey, Baseball Cards, Memorabilia & Americana Auction, May 2, 2009, lot 1115.
Dispensers such as this were common sights in drugstores, general stores, and ice cream parlors during the early 1900's and were used by "soda jerks" to pump out the syrup when filling a soda order.