Early 20th-Century Dan Patch Stained Glass

Value (2006) | $6,000 Auction$10,000 Insurance

APPRAISER:
Did you win this playing the ponies?

GUEST:
No, I didn't. I acquired it from my father. He had it when I was a little girl. From my very first memories, I remember him having it. The artist that crafted the picture owned a stained glass company and his last name was O'Brien.

APPRAISER:
But it was commissioned for the owner of Dan Patch, a Marion Savage.

GUEST:
Yes, it was, and my father acquired it when the house was sold and converted into a masonry home.

APPRAISER:
When Savage died.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
Wow. So you've been able to take a piece of horse racing history and keep it in your home the last, what, 30, 40 years?

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
But your dad almost sold it, right?

GUEST:
Well, he was offered a brand new car from a dealer in the mid '50s.

APPRAISER:
And he didn't take it.

GUEST:
No.

APPRAISER:
Well, a lot of people today don't really know who Dan Patch was. But a hundred years ago Dan Patch was the Babe Ruth, the Michael Jordan, the Tiger Woods of athletes. Born and bred in Oxford, Indiana, he started racing, he was a pacer horse in 1900. Did you know that he won every race he ever entered from 1900 to 1902? He was an amazing horse. And that year he was bought by Marion Savage. And if you look up and research Marion Savage, you find out that he was such an entrepreneur that he made P.T. Barnum look like a hotdog vendor. He was huge into agricultural and feed products. And he knew a good thing when he saw it and Dan Patch was it. He raced him for a number of years. He put him on sheet music, he put him on... he put him on washing machines, sewing machines, agricultural feed, china, tobacco, beer, whiskey products. He had his face plastered everywhere and Dan Patch bore him out 'cause Marion Savage purchased him for $60,000. Three years later turned down $180,000, and was rewarded in 1906 when Dan Patch--right near you in Minneapolis at the Canterbury Fairgrounds--set a world record running a mile in just a minute 55 seconds in front of 93,000 people. Dan Patch grossed more than two million dollars worth in earnings and millions more just in his endorsements. Now when we were looking at this, and you told me that your uncle owned a bar.

GUEST:
Yes, the Pint Tavern.

APPRAISER:
And you get this crack. And what happened here?

GUEST:
Well, a customer... was jealous of the picture and he said, "Dan Patch, Dan Patch, Dan Patch, that's all we hear" and he threw a glass at it.

APPRAISER:
Well, that does hurt the value. I'm going to put an auction value of $6,000 to $8,000. But if I were you and going to insure it, I'd insure it for $10,000. Because it is unique.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
So I think...

GUEST:
That's wonderful.

APPRAISER:
I think, Audrey, you've got yourself a winner here.

GUEST:
Thank you.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Leila Dunbar Appraisals & Consulting, LLC
Washington, District of Columbia
Appraised value (2006)
$6,000 Auction$10,000 Insurance
Event
Milwaukee, WI (July 29, 2006)
Period
20th Century
Material
Glass, Stained Glass

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