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    Circa 1810 Molineux vs. Cribb Boxing Pitcher. One of the earliest pieces of boxiana we have had the privilege to offer, and one of the most aesthetically impressive as well. Predating the rise of Jack Johnson by a full century, this pitcher celebrates the pair of victories, in 1810 and 1811, of British bare-knuckle Champion Tom Cribb over black American Champion Tom Molineux. It is for these fights that Cribb is best remembered in boxing history, and his resultant fame in England following these bouts even earned Cribb the position of usher at the 1821 coronation of King George IV. This gorgeous silver lustrewear pitcher captures both the reigning artistic sensibilities of the day and the obvious racism, as Cribb is portrayed in a rather heroic light compared to the simian look of the African-blooded challenger. The image appears on both sides of the pitcher, with one brilliantly dark and clear, and the other a bit lighter but still quite impressive. Leafy decorations fill the empty space around the images. The pitcher measures 6" in height and remains in remarkably fine and undamaged condition.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2005
    29th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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