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    1914 Lord Lonsdale Tournament Middleweight Championship Belt Presented to Tommy Mullen. As the first president of London's National Sporting Club, Hugh Lowther, Fifth Earl of Lonsdale, commissioned a belt to be awarded to British boxing champions, a tradition that continues to this day. This appears to be a small variation on that theme, apparently awarded for victory in a tournament rather than to the lineal champion. Nonetheless, the Lonsdale name is sacred to British boxing, and the remarkable aesthetics of this relic only heighten the appeal.

    The leather of the belt measures thirty-eight inches (38") in length and seven inches (7") in width, and is affixed with five silver plates. The outermost plates simply picture two boxers in fighting stances.

    Second from left reads, "Lord Lonsdale Trophy Commission, Tommy Mullen - Billy Wells - Al Monroe - George Allisson - Mike Walker - Fin Als - Stanley Palmer."

    Center: "Lord Lonsdale Championship Belt, Middleweight."

    Second from right: "Presented to Tommy Mullen, First Award, Lord Lonsdale Tournament, London, England, Nov 5-6-7, 1914."

    Plates exhibit a degree of tarnishing, and leather shows some wear, but the overall visual appeal is enormous. A compelling artifact of the early twentieth century prize ring.

    Note that one of the names on the belt is that of Bombardier BIlly Wells, Heavyweight Champion of England who was scheduled to fight Jack Johnson. He was called the "White Hope," but the fight was ultimately canceled by Winston Churchill, England's Home Secretary at the tiem, due to race protests.


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