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Artefact: Boxing Gloves
Accession #: 91.18.04
Year: 1960s

Boxing gloves became mandatory in 1892 and were initially skin-tight, lightly padded and weighing about 2 ounces.

Today’s gloves are regulated to between eight and ten ounces to ensure safety within the sport. Everlast remains the largest name-brand maker of boxing mitts, with legends such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis wearing Everlast gloves.

These gloves were worn around the late 1950s and early 60s and their brownish colouring were common for that time period.