From boxing’s primitive era of bare knuckles and undetermined fight lengths, these (2) signed correspondence pieces include: Hugh Cecil Lowtner composed on “International Horse Shows” stationery, the 1910 handwritten correspondence has content regarding an invitation and is signed “Lonsdale” at the conclusion in black-ink fountain pen (“9” strength); Jack Root an Easter greeting card signed by the former Light Heavyweight champion in black-ink fountain pen (“8-9” strength). LOAs from Rich Albersheim. More on our website.
Hugh Cecil Lowtner measuring 7-5/8 x 9-5/8”, the letter is composed on “The International Horse Shows” stationery entirely in Lowtner’s hand in his capacity as the Earl of Lonsdale. Dated “7th June 1910,” the letter reads (in full):
”Thank you very much for your letter of yesterday’s date. I think the invitation you refer to must have gone astray, as it has not arrived at either Carlton House Terrace, Barley Thorpe, or Lowther. However, I shall have the greatest possible pleasure in accepting Mr. Vanderbilt’s kind invitation, I shall look forward to a very pleasant evening. So kind of you thinking of asking me.
Yours very truly,
Jack Root a 3-1/2 x 2-1/4” “Easter Greeting” card inscribed “Dear Farmer + Marge Healthy Easter to you both – Sincerely (signed) Jack Root”
Note: while Root’s signature shows at least (“9”) strength and clarity, it warrants a technical assessment of (“8-9”) as a very small portion of the upper-case “J” is separated by what appears to be a scissor cut on the card, which likely accompanied a floral delivery.