1938 Joe Louis “World Champion” Figural Electric Clock.
Lot 256. 1938 Joe Louis “World Champion” Figural Electric Clock. In Chicago on June 22, 1937, Louis knocked out James J. Braddock in the eighth round to claim the world heavyweight boxing championship. He retained the title longer than any other heavyweight. In 71 fights, he lost only three times, to former champion Max Schmeling in 1936 and then to Ezzard Charles and Rocky Marciano more than 14 years later at the end of his career. These bronze clocks, about 12.25” tall and 9” across, are historically interesting. Produced in a period still dominated by caricatures of black individuals, they likely were among the first realistic images of a black figure to find their way into black and white homes alike. A handsome image of Louis rises above the United “Self Starting” clock, which is not working. Showing some rubs, the clock displays very nicely and with character consistent with Louis himself. Ex-m. Winning Bid $218.