The cestus was a weapon used by the Galdiators of ancient Rome. It is a flat piece of iron with spikes on top, lambskin lining, and leather straps, worn on the fist like brass knuckles. This particular example was on display at The Ring Magazine Collection and Museum that was housed in New York's Madison Square Garden. The cestus is accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity detailing the chain of ownership and newspaper clippings of the cestus pictured with it's former owner, the American boxing writer and collector, Nat Fleischer. This cestus was believed to be an authentic piece from the Roman era but during authentication on the show it was determined to be a replica from the modern era. Nevertheless the aging on this piece and unique history make this a fine display piece for a boxing or militaria collector.
Dimensions: Approx. 4" x 2 1/2" x 1/2"
Purchased on "Pawn Stars do America" Season 2 Episode 4 "Beantown Bargains"
Condition Report: This pre-owned item shows signs of natural wear and tear such as scrapes, scuffs, and worn leather straps.
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