About this deal
The small month number, 10, here in the lower left corner of the stamp, and small two digit year number, 53, in the lower right corner were used in this style by the Toronto factory beginning in 1925. There are crossed spring clips to the fount base and two springs to a bracket on the frame base plate.
The decal on this lantern (lower image) identifies it as T 53-5, which may be the date of manufacture.The former fireman tried to get a license through the New Jersey boxing commission, hoping for a belated US bow; in the end, however, the die was cast and he was done with boxing. Outpointed Vernon Vanriel over ten rounds to win the vacant British Southern Area light welterweight championship on April 26, 1984.
He was the second European boxer to retire as an undefeated World Champion, after Jack McAuliffe, a feat later equalled by Romanian Michael Loewe, Germany's Sven Ottke and Welshman Joe Calzaghe.
My family, I come from Islington, they're a well-known family in Islington and I know they wanted to sort things out and I just wouldn't go down that road. I don’t know if that is a normal thing for fighters, but it is why I was able to extricate myself from the sport. The Wichita factory made Model 249 lanterns for fewer years, 1947-58, than the Toronto factory, 1938-1970.