On 6/22/37 at Comiskey Park in Chicago, the great Joe Louis stopped “Cinderella Man” James J. Braddock with an eighth round KO to begin a record streak of nearly twelve years as the reigning heavyweight champion of the world. Louis stopped many opponents in the ring, but even he couldn’t stop time, retiring in 1951. Though Louis couldn’t stop time, he does keep time with the offered 1937-1938 figural clock which remains both attractive and functional.
Standing approximately 12-1/2” tall with base dimensions of 9x4, this magnificent piece of decorative memorabilia presents in excellent condition with a realistic image of the “Brown Bomber”, posed as ready to defend his recently acquired title. Fashioned in metal (possibly cast aluminum) with a bronze finish, this stylized timekeeper is decked out with a variety of design elements including a Louis boxing pose bust, above a clock face surrounded by an olive branch wreath with boxing gloves hanging on either side. The base is decorated with ropes and turnbuckles in the fashion of a boxing ring and just below the clock is a banner proclaiming “Joe Louis World Champion”.
Showing high luster and well defined details, this hardy survivor is marked by scattered traces of patina and minor bits of wear, including a 1" vertical crack gap 1/16th of an inch wide on the left side of the base, with a 2" horizontal hairline crack radiating away. The felt covering for the underside of the base is absent, which can be expected of a piece that is eighty years old. Other than these noted conditions, this antique artifact retains abundant display appeal and appears to be all original including the securely attached power cord, which was tested by an H&S technician, who determined that the clock is in full working order, with a note that the knob on the back must be pushed in to move the hour and minute hands.