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    1880's Jake Kilrain vs. Jem Smith Original Cabinet Photograph. The rather charming original cabinet photograph belies the agonizing brutality of the historic December 19, 1887 between Jake Kilrain and Jem Smith. In a cold, drizzling rain, Kilrain and Smith scrapped with bare knuckles through an ungodly 106 rounds in a bout that lasted nearly three hours. No more than seventy-nine spectators, each of whom had paid the princely sum of $200 for his ticket, were in attendance, including the Marquis of Queensberry who was among the overwhelming British crowd favoring Smith. In the 106th round, Kilrain was able to knock Smith off his feet, seemingly for good, but before the referee could declare victory for the American, the crowd forced him to declare the fight a draw due to darkness. The original image measures at 4.25x6.5" and it exhibits Good condition, with a good amount of creasing throughout.

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