Circa 1860 – John Morrissey Photo & Cut Signature Presentation




John Morrissey is one of the most fascinating and successful fighters of the brutal bare-knuckle boxing era. This incredibly handsome framed presentation features an authentic black and white photograph of Morrissey and a cut siganture, with dating traced back to the 1860s. Morrissey earned pugilistic immortality and a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame through sheer determination and a chin of granite, rather than a mastery of the sweet science. Although his official record shows only 3 bouts, he is said to have participated in literally hundreds of unsanctioned contests and street fights. It is reported that one of his losses was avenged by a gang of friends, who murdered the opponent in the streets two weeks following the fight. Victories over “Yankee” Sullivan in 1853 and John Heenan in 1858 earned Morrissey the title of “Heavyweight Champion of America.” This framed presentation features one of the only known examples of Morrissey’s signature rendered with gorgeous 19th century penmanship, retaining its 10/10 rating in black, fountain pen ink boldness. The signature was clipped from a lined document and glued to a card stock backing, measuring 1-1/4″ x 4″. It is displayed with a rare, period 2-1/2″ x 4″ CDV (Very Good – Excellent condition). Combined, this is a truly remarkable find, and would make an amazing addition to any collection. The complete framed piece measures 9-1/2″ x 12″ and comes with a Full Letter of Authenticity from PSA. Due to the very rare nature of this offer we must charge your credit card for the full price immediately upon taking your order. This policy ensures we reserve the framed presentation for you. We will confirm your order by Email. Please allow at least 2 weeks for delivery.