Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Canadian Middleweight Title belt 1930's

A beautiful Canadian title belt recently offered on ebay. Held by Jack Brentano in the 1930's. He doesn't appear to have wrestled in Toronto and not much info on him past some bouts listed -and the info below the pics.







From the auction:
You are bidding on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Professional Wrestling history. The Canadian Middleweight Championship belt held by Jack Brentano (also billed as Jack Brantano, Bull Brentana, John "Canada" Brentano, "Strangler" Brentano, The Red Flash (masked), Monsieur Jaques, Jacques La Roque and, no doubt, several more!)

This beautiful belt and metal buckle from the 1930s (at the latest) weighs 12oz and the main buckle face measures approximately 13.5 x 11.5cm.

Two metal Canadian maple leaf emblems are pinned either side.

The belt comes with an amazing book of provenance - a circa 35-page scrapbook full of newspaper cuttings, bills, telegrams, personal insights and more. Towns/cities wrestled in across North America include Vancouver, Edmonton, Tacoma, Bellingham, Seattle, Provo, Salt Lake City, Kelso, Long View, Great Falls, Helena, Fort Peck, El Paso, Grant's Pass, Eugene and Sheridan. 

Brentano appears to have held three belts at one time: (amateur) Welterweight champion of the Pacific Coast, Canadian Middleweight (this one) and the Montana State Middleweight title. He was born in St. Paul, Oregon in 1900 and died in 1945. One newspaper piece suggests that Brentano had been Canadian champion since 1928, won at Hastings Park, Vancouver.