This pair of boxing gloves is made from leather. Boxing has long been a popular sport in South Taranaki. This set of gloves are from the 1950s and, although they look flimsy, they are in fact quite firm. Historical evidence suggests boxing was prevalent in North Africa in 4000 BC; it was also popular in Greece and Rome. The rules were crude then and boxers fought in lethal boxing rounds with leather taped on to their bare hands.
If you have information about these gloves that would be useful for our catalogue contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection 2003.178.1.