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"Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Autographed Imperial Sized Cabinet Photograph.  O'Brien signed this photograph to his friend and fellow boxer Fred Cooley; Cooley and O'Brien met in the ring in 1906, with O'Brien winning with a knockout.  The  inscription is difficult to capture in photographs because Jack chose to sign over the area of his black suit, but it is more legible in person.  The inscription reads: To My Friends Mr. and Mrs. F. Cooley, With Best Wishes, Jack O'Brien, Feb 10th, 06, Chicago Illinois.  This large cabinet measures 13 1/2 by 11 inches, and has a section of its lower left corner missing.  There is a Bushnell photographers mark at the lower right corner.  This photograph was acquired with a large number of Fred Cooley's personal photographs and ephemera, and along with this O'Brien signed photograph, I am including one of Fred Cooley's boxing promotional cabinet cards, which measures 6 1/2 by 4 3/4 inches.   "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien was a legendary boxer who fought all the notables of his era, including Joe Walcott, Bob Fitzsimons, Tommy Burns, and Jack Johnson (whom O'Brien fought to a draw).  O'Brien's autographs do not come to market very often, and this is signed photo is a fabulous example.
$650.00




Beautiful Pair of 19th Century Glazed Porcelain Bare Knuckle Boxer Statues.  This beautiful pair of statues measure 9 inches tall for the blue one and 9.5 inches tall for the red one.  One of the boxers has a repaired arm break, but otherwise they are in excellent condition.  There is possibly an artist signature on the back of the red one, but I cannot discern it.  A fantastic looking pair of 1800's Boxing Statues.
$700.00




Circa 1940's Joe Louis Chesterfield Cigarettes Boxing Advertising Sign.  This sign is rather large, measuring 20.5 inches wide by 21.5 inches tall.  The sign features bright colors, and features an image of Louis in the ring, as well as one of him holding up a pack of Chesterfield cigarettes.  The sign has some minor areas of discoloration, and has some creasing in the upper right corner.  The back of the sign has a hanging apparatus present, and the sign is currently protected in via archival shrink-wrapping.  A great vintage advertising piece of a great boxing legend.
$500.00



Circa 1920's Stall and Dean Brand Boxing Punching Bag.  This bag predates inflation holes, and the bag would have to be unlaced to have its bladder inflated or replaced.  This bag has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with fiber filler, to permanently retain its shape.  The bat has an embossed Stall & Dean maker's mark, and a model number 5708.  A great looking early punching bag made of nice soft black leather.
$250.00




Sterling Silver Standing Boxing Trophy Plaque.  This neat little plaque measures 4.5 inches tall by slightly over 4 inches wide.  The plaque features a sterling silver medallion that shows a raised relief of boxer.  The plaque features a hinged wood stand.  A neat looking early boxing trophy.
$150.00


Circa 1895 Cabinet Card Photograph of Heavyweight Champion Boxer "The Irish Giant" Peter Maher.  This photograph was taken by prominent New York Photographer Wendt.  Peter Maher became the world's heavyweight champion in 1895 by defeating Steve O'Donnell in a 1st round knockout.  Maher would lose the title the following year to the legendary boxer Bob Fitzsimmons.  Maher was also the Irish Heavyweight Champion in 1890 before emigrating to the United States.  Maher was known for being one of the most dangerous hard punchers of the 19th century.  The cabinet card does have some condition issues with rounding of the corners, most notable on the upper left corner, and some paperloss.  Although not in perfect condition, photographs of the "Irish Giant" are very rare.
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$200.00



Circa 1920's Eagle Brand Blue Suede Leather Style Youth Size Boxing Gloves.  These gloves each feature an Eagle brand stamping on the wrist, with a model # 145.  The gloves are in nice condition, and are a neat looking pair.
$60.00


1893 Spalding Athletic Library Boxing Guide.  This great 19th century boxing piece is in nice condition but does exhibit some minor paper chipping in areas.  The guide contains a fair amount of boxing equipment advertising, with much of the book dedicated to teaching the sport of boxing.
$125.00


Circa 1900 to 1909 Cabinet Photograph of English Lightweight Boxer Bob Russell.  The text on the card notes Russell as the 130 LB Champion of England.  Russell was a fairly prolific boxer form 1900 to 1909, with 81 bouts, and a 36-21-9 record.   The cabinet card measures 5.75 by 7.75 inches.  This photograph hails from the personal effects of professional boxer Fred Cooley.  A neat early boxing photograph.
$75.00



Circa 1930's Hutch Brand XL Size Leather Boxing Gloves.  These gloves each feature a strong silver embossed Hutch mark, and are in excellent condition.
$60.00


Circa 1905 Kid Gassagne Professional Boxer Cabinet Photograph.  This cabinet photograph shows Gassagne in his bare knuckle boxing pose, and is on a Philadelphia photographer's cabinet card.  Gassagne, from Chicago, only has one professional boxing bout on his record, fighting Eugene Lowe in Philadelphia in 1905.  This is a standard sized measuring 6.5 by 4.25 inches.  The card does have tackholes present, and chips to each of its lower corners.  This photograph hails from the personal effects of fellow professional boxer, and friend of Gassagne, Fred Cooley.  An attractive early boxing photo from a very short lived professional boxer.
$60.00


Circa 1920's Very Large Chocolate Toned Leather Boxing Gloves.  There is a tag on this pair that reads that they are from Hungary.  A very nice looking pair.
$75.00
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Circa 1920 Spalding Boxing Punching Bag.  This bag predates inflation holes, and the bag would have to be unlaced to have its bladder inflated or replaced.  This bag has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with fiber filler, to permanently retains its shape.  The bag has a very bold Spalding mark with the model number 11 present.  In pristine condition, this Spalding boxing bag has a great look,
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Beautiful 1940's Everlast Brand Golden Gloves Boxing Fight Trunks and Robe.  Both the robe and shorts feature Everlast and McQuade Inc tagging.  The pants feature Lowell Sun on them, while the robe features Lowell Sun Golden Gloves on back with New England and beautifully embroidered golden gloves on the front.  This pair were worn by Ralph Pellachia (name written on robe tagging) who was a decorated amateur boxer in the New England area.  Beautiful early pair of boxing pieces.
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Circa 1930's High Quality Davega Brand Golden Gloves Model Boxing Gloves.  These maroon leather gloves have no rips or tears, and retain their golden toned lacing.  Each glove features a sewn in patch in the palm area that reads: Official According to AAU Specifications, 10 oz.  These are a very attractive pair of high quality boxing gloves.
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Circa 1940's Everlast Boxing Gloves with US Navy stamping.  This beautiful pair of gloves have no rips or tears, and each feature a cloth Everlast tag and USN embossed markings.
Sold.


Circa 1910 Nomanco Sporting Goods Boxing Punching Bag.  This bag predates inflation holes, and the bag would have to be unlaced to have its bladder inflated or replaced.  This bag has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with fiber filler, to permanently retains its very bulbous shape.  The top of the bag retains its laces, and has a leather strap to which is attached its original metal clasp for hanging the bag.  The bottom of the bag has another leather loop.  The bag features a very bold Nomanco makers mark, and overall this bag is in phenomenal condition with a fabulous display quality for that boxing collector out there.
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Circa 1920's Brine Brand Boxing Headgear.  This great early boxing relic is in phenomenal condition, with all of the strapping present, and all of the leather and elastic is flexible and soft.
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Circa 1920 Draper & Maynard Boxing Punching Bag.  This bag predates inflation holes, and the bag would have to be unlaced to have its bladder inflated or replaced. v  The bag features a great two toned color, consisting of alternating brown and burgundy leather panels.  The bag features a legible D&M Lucky Dog makers mark.  Included along with the bag is its original air bladder, and some of its hardware used in hanging it.  A great looking early boxing piece.
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Circa 1920 Beautiful Red Leather Spalding Boxing Punching Bag.  This bag predates inflation holes, and the bag would have to be unlaced to have its bladder inflated or replaced.  This bag has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with fiber filler, to permanently retains its shape.  The bag has a very bold Spalding mark with the model number 17 present, as well as a red cloth Spalding tag on its bottom.  The bag has a 31.5 inch circumference around its waistline, and is a little over 14 inches tall.  In pristine condition, this Spalding boxing bag has a fantastic look.
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Circa 1920's Ben Lee Brand Boxing Punching Speed Bag.  This beautiful bag has soft supple leather, and has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one.
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Circa 1905 Fred Cooley and Kid Gassagne Professional Boxers Cabinet Photograph.  This cabinet photograph shows Gassagne and Cooley in a boxing action pose, and is mounted on a Philadelphia photographer's cabinet card.  This is a standard sized cabinet card measuring 6.5 by 4.25 inches.  The card does have tackholes present, and a section missing at the lower right corner.  This photograph hails from the personal effects of professional boxer Fred Cooley.  An attractive action boxing photograph.
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Circa 1920's Pair of Boxing Gloves.  These are an early pair of horse hair stuffed gloves.  The leather is in nice condition.  One has 6 letters/numbers painted on it, the other has a few paint splatters.  Nice early pair.
Sold.

1919 AAU Very Large Boxing Trophy.  This is beautiful silverplate trophy made by the well known Dieges & Clust measures about 15 inches tall, and has a very attractive art deco look.  The trophy's engraving reads: "Boxing Championships Metropolitan Association of the AAU Under Auspices of the American Railway Express Employees Local No. 1 NY City - March 27 - 29 1919 Won By Bronxdale AC."  Research revealed that the Bronxdale AC was lead by the amazing boxing of Sam Lagonia who won 3 separate AAU titles at the tournament including the 158, 175, and heavyweight weight classes.  Great early boxing trophy.  SOLD


Circa 1940's WWII Era Spalding United States Navy marked Boxing Punching Bag.   This bag has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with fiber filler, to permanently retain its shape.  The bag features a Spalding mark, with a 04ND model number above it, and U.S.N. marking below it.  The bag features soft supple leather and is an attractive early boxing and Navy relic.
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Circa 1900 Promotional Cabinet Card Photo of Boxer Martin Duffy.  These photos were used by boxers as calling cards and as publicity tools.  Duffy fought out of Chicago Illinois, and boxed from 1899 to 1906 with 49 total bouts.  The card denotes Duffy as an aspirant for the World's welterweight championship.  The card measures 5 by  inches and it is signed on the back by fellow boxer Fred Cooley, whose personal effects it was discovered within.  Cooley, a fellow professional boxer, shared a manager with Duffy, and I actually believe that Cooley used Duffy's card to instruct a printer on how he would like his promotional cards to read.  A neat early boxing publicity card signed by a fellow boxer.
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1913 World Lightweight Championship Boxing Match Pennant for a Bout between Willie Ritchie and Joe Rivers.  Willie Ritchie held the World Lightweight Champion Crown from 1912 to 1914, and this pennant was advertising his defense of the title against challenger Joe Rivers.  This pennant measures 30 inches long, and it does exhibit many mothholes, and a few larger areas of felt loss, but it is great that it has survived for over a century.  Having it framed while lying atop a similar toned green felt would hide its mothholing, and create a beautiful display.  This is the earliest boxing pennant I have handled, and it features a great bare knuckled boxing graphic.
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Victorian Era Circa 1890's Boxing / Boxer Bisque Doll.  This attractive bisque doll measures 4.5 inches tall, and features a metal pin in his right foot for attachment to some type of victorian display.  The doll has had its arms restrung, which are poseable.  The boxer is sporting early style boxing trunks.  This doll was discovered in an attic within a small wooden box which contained a baseball player, a Princeton football player, a Yale football player, and a boxer.  It is a mystery as to what the pin in their feet were for.  Some theories are that they were part of a music box, or part of some type of victorian game, or perhaps the pin just allowed them to be displayed in some type of victorian era stand.  The doll does exhibit some condition issues including paint chipping and damage to the feet with more severe damage to the right foot.  A doll restorer has assured me that the feet could easily be restored, but I have opted to leave them in their current state.  I have been unable to find another example of this well crafted bisque doll, and it will undoubtedly make an excellent condition to any boxing or bisque doll collection.
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Circa 1910 Black Leather High Top Leather Sole Boxing Shoes.  These shoes exhibit some wear, and dry areas of leather, but are in nice condition for their age.  There is no makers mark present or noticeable.
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Impressive lot of Boxing Equipment that hail from the estate of Professional Boxer Tommy Fleurant.  Tommy Fleurant was a professional lightweight boxer hailing from Maine, who battled in the ring from 1922 to 1932.  The best piece in this lot is a Jantzen bathing suit style boxing uniform with Tommy Fleurant in felt lettering on its back side.  The uniform features a Jantzen logo at its waistline and a Jantzen tag in the neck region.  The uniform features an attractive black and grey striped pattern, and retains its original belt.  Next up in this neat lot is an early Patent Pending Ken Wel brand Boxing head harness.  This is the earliest style boxing head harness I have had, and it is in very nice condition with all of its original strapping, chin strap, etc.  Included next is a  heavy wool legging style training uniform with Ideal sporting goods boxing themed makers tag.  Also in the lot is 2 pairs of boxing/sparring gloves, both with boxing themed Ideal Sporting Goods tagging.  The pair on the left feature reeded padding and would laceup at the wrist to palm area.  Rounding out the lot are a trio of items; a pair of high top style black leather boxing shoes, a pair of JC Higgins boxing gloves, and a training jump rope.  The fact that this nearly 100 year old grouping of boxing items has remained together is fantastic, and it is a very neat assemblage of antique boxing equipment from a professional boxer.
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1962 United States Naval Academy Boxing Robe.  This great looking robe is made of a moderately heavy wool, and the robe itself seems much older in style than its 1962 date.  The robe features a sewn on Naval Academy seal, as well as a pinned on Beat Army pin.  Most of the back of the robe is decorated with sewn on lettering.  The neck area has a cloth label that has stamped on identifiers that are difficult to discern.  A Great looking Boxing Robe. 
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Superb Circa 1920's Marathon Sporting Goods Boxing Glove box complete with 2 pairs of never used gloves.  The box is in very nice condition, with its top features a great graphic of a boxer.  Three of the aprons features various sports scene graphics, while the front has the Marathon Sporting Goods label, with Montgomery Ward Company's mark also present.  The gloves are labeled as 10 oz gloves.  The gloves all features soft and supple leather and are in fantastic condition.  A beautiful early set of boxing gloves.
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1971 Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier World's Heavyweight Championship Boxing Pennant.  This pennant was made for the March 8, 1971 bout which pitted the two undefeated boxing legends.  The pennant has vibrant colors, and does have some mild creasing, which could be ironed out if the new owner so wished.  The pennant measures 21 inches without its tassels.  The end of the pennant has been trimmed to a blunt end - the portion that is trimmed off is the date of the fight, and I would surmise that leftover pennants from the first fight were sold in their second 1974 fight (with their ends trimmed of the original date).
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Circa 1920's to 1930's Everlast Sporting Goods Boxing Headgear.  The headgear has an early Everlast tag on its front, with patent pending marking on its back.  All of its elastic strapping is present and intact, and I have not encountered this style of head harness previously.  This early piece of boxing equipment is in very nice condition, and has a great look.
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Pair of Large Circa 1920's Boxing Gloves.  These beauties features soft and supple leather and are in excellent condition with their original laces still intact.  There is no discernable maker's mark present on them.  Attractive early pair of gloves.
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Vintage Pair of Circa 1930's Rawlings Brand Boxing Gloves.  These gloves feature a silver embossed Rawlings mark, and model number 100 on each glove.  These are a smaller set of gloves, but in nice condition.
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Spectacular 1930's  Large Figural Boxing Trophy Titled the De Molay Boxing Championship Perpetual Trophy.  This superb trophy measures 12.5 inches tall, by 11.25 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.  The trophy features 2 toe to toe silver plated boxers atop a wood and silver-plate base.  A large metal placard behind the trophy has engraving which reads: Slavick Jewelry Co, Perpetual Trophy, De Molay Boxing Championship.  On the front of the base is a plaque that has the following engraved:  Won By, 1933 Hollenbeck Chapter.  The trophy features a wood base and backing, and on the back of the trophy is a small metal identifier reading:  Slavick's L.A.  Slavick's Jewelry Company was a jeweler in Los Angeles California.  This is the most attractive boxing trophy I have ever handled.
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