Original U.S. Navy USS California 1926 Fleet Boxing Championship Belt with Photo Album – Bobby Near
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Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. This is a unique incredible grouping consisting of a 1926 U.S. Naval Fleet Middleweight Boxing Championship Belt and personal photo scrap album for sailor Robert “Bobby” Near of the U.S.S. California.
The jeweler manufactured brass belt buckle measures 4 x 3 inches and has an adjustable 2.5 wide red, white, and blue silk belt. The buckle is wonderfully designed and reads:
BATTLE FLEET CHAMPIONSHIP
It is engraved:
Won By R.D. NEAR
JANUARY 22 – 1926
There is a detailed enamel federal shield with gold highlights, and a naval fish and anchor scene on either side. The belt and buckle are unsigned but obviously made by a highly skilled jeweler.
Also included is a photo and scrap album of the sailor to whom the belt is named. It features numerous photos. Some are of him in boxing attire, one with him wearing this very belt and with the name “Bobby Near” on the reverse. The photo album…