1860's Boxing Ambrotype of John Camel Heenan
1860's ambrotype of bare knuckle boxing pioneer John Camel Heenan. The image was taken from a famous Currier and Ives lithograph of a Heenan in his prime. Nicknamed "The Benicia Boy", Heenan was renowned as a local prize fighter in his home in California before becoming famous the world over. Although his career professional record is shown as a mere 0-2-1, Heenan is considered one of the greatest bare knuckle fighters. He was inducted into th eBoxing Hall of Fame in 1954. The ambrotype is housed in a full metal gold tinted frame within a wooden case. The case is completely split at the spine however the front portion is presentw2ith a working latch. The case measures 3 3/4 x 3 1/4". Overall condition is very good because of the case with the image (excellent) showing no fading, scratches, tears, or blemishes.
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