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By 1897, the Comstock Lode still hadn't tamed the souls of men. As such, it seemed the ideal environment to stage one of the 19th Century's most anticipated championship prize fights. Promoters engineered this contest to take place in Carson City, Nevada where shady critters still jumped claims, and malcontents settled their scores in the muddy street. It was in that community, at the fringe of civilization, that Champion Gentleman Jim Corbett consented to stake his heavyweight title against the substantially lighter Bob Fitzsimmons. In the anticipation of this March 17, 1897 bout, one patron's enthusiasm saw fit to buy this very fashionable souvenir pin. It's a two-piece bronze affair, stamped to project intricate detail. The pin itself was made with a primitive safety hook, and therefrom is suspended a glorious pendant of substantial depth. Measuring about 1-1/2" horizontally and 2-1/2" vertically, it provides an image of the combatants in action. In turn, we're treated to several captions announcing the venue, the date and, of course, the principals. And all this is further embellished in traditional laurels and scrolls. An outstanding boxing memento that has endured these many years in EX appearance with minor chipping on the back and some light oxidation on the front. Who knows, maybe its original buyer was Adam, Hoss or Little Joe.
1897 Corbett vs. Fitzsimmons Championship Fight Souvenir Pin
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