1889 John L. Sullivan Silk and Flag from Bout vs. Jake Kilrain
A pre-eminent piece of boxing memorabilia created for what was the last bare-knuckle boxing championship in history, this silk is believed to be the one carried to the ring before the fight. Ultimate tough guy, John L. Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain after 75 rounds of the most brutal display of fighting in the history of ringed boxing. An astounding piece of artistry, the silk is intricately sewn, bearing likeness to the two fighters who appear facing eachother with drawn fists. On a banner above them is sewn, "For the Championship of the World." Between the two figures is an eagle holding two shields, one with "J.L. Sullivan", the other with "Jake Kilrain". Gold thread gives the illusion of rays of light emanating from the wings of the eagle. A spectacular display of masterful craftsmanship denoting one of the most significant events in the history of boxing. A few small holes in the flag at the top do little to detract from its overall stellar appearance. Framed to 25x33". Accompanying silk flag is an American eagle carrying shield and flags adorned with the same design as our American flag, underlined by "E Pluribus Unum" on banner below. Framed to 26x27".
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