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1860's Boxing Ambrotype of John Camel Heenan

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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