Leather Junior Boxing Gloves by A.J. Reach Company c. 1874-1934
This is a pair of turn of the century vintage junior boxing gloves by A.J. Reach Company, Philadelphia USA. The gloves come with original laces and the leather is in a stable condition with wear some wear from decades of use.
- CREATOR A.J. Reach Company, USA.
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1874- 1934
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Leather, horse hair.
- CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 10 in. x W 5.5 in. x D 4.5 in.
The A.J. Reach Company, also known as A.J. Reach & Co., was the largest manufacturer of sporting goods in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Founded by AI Reach, a former player and founder of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise, it was based in Philadelphia, PA. Al Reach first operated a sporting goods store in 1874, which moved in the 1890s to a prominent location at 1820 Chestnut Street. Reach then added a large factory on Tulip Street.
The Reach Company manufactured baseballs, footballs and boxing gloves. In 1934, Reach sold all of its properties to its chief rival, Spalding and its name disappeared from use.