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Man's Shirt
about 1930
Original Owner:Originally owned by Christopher Battalino , American, 1908 - 1977
Clothing Maker:Made by Arrow
Machine-stitched cotton, with plastic buttons, brass studs, and gold-plated cuff links
Primary Dimensions (length x width across shoulders ): 31 1/4 x 13in. (79.4 x 33cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Marie Peichert
Description: Man's shirt of white cotton with a woven double rib created by a heavier thread. The shirt has a plastron of vertically pleated plain cotton in front, and a sharply pointed three-inch-wide collar, also of plain cotton. The center front opening fastens with white plastic buttons at top and bottom, and with small, brass, ball-shaped studs in the plastron. The long sleeves end in French cuffs of the plain cotton. The gold-plated cuff links are engraved with a monogram. The front and back panels of the shirt are curved at the side seams. The back panel of the shirt is gathered in two areas into the shoulder yoke to provide ease.
Historical Notes: On 23 September 1929, Christopher "Bat" Battalino (1908-1977) defeated Andre Routis of France to become the World Featherweight Boxing Champion. The fight took place at the Velodrome in East Hartford; it went fifteen rounds, despite the fact that Bat Battalino broke both of his hands in the fourth. He remained champion until 1932, winning 58 of 88 bouts, and experiencing only one knockout defeat. Bat Battalino retired from the ring in 1940.
Object Number: 1995.115.17
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