Copper alloy boxing championship belt with presentation case awarded to Ezzard Charles in 1948. Consists of large central plate and four plates either side. Central plate has circular photo of Ezzard Charles above which is an eagle with outstretched wings flanked on both sides by US, British and what might be French flags. Flags are enameled. The top of the plate has detached circular element with clear colored stones (possible paste or glass) encompassing the head of a wolf. The eagle carries a banner that reads [POLICE GAZETTE HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION PRIZE RING BELT OF THE WORLD]. At bottom of the central plate is a banner that reads [PRESENTED BY H. H. ROSWELL POLICE GAZETTE / 1948].
Looking left of the central plate the first plate depicts a boxer in raised relief, next is an English rose, next is a US shield with eagle and the final plate is engraved with previous recipients of the award. Attached to the final plate is a clasp with two holes for fastening the belt. Looking right of central plate depicted in raised relief is another boxer, next is the Scottish thistle, followed by the Irish harp and the final plate is engraved with previous winner of this award. Attached to the final plate is the other half of the clasp with two raised stubs that coincide with the holes on the other half. The plates are joined together with hinges with long barrels, blunt at the top and pointed at the bottom.
The exterior of the case is black with three closing clasps and a central handle. Interior is lined with dark blue vinyl/paper and purple velvet and there are four pairs of Cu alloy straps that would have been wrapped in velvet and used to hold belt in place.
Distinguished Service Cross presentation case issued to Lewis Broadus. The case is rectangular in shape and opens on door metal hinges. The top of the case is designed in gold lettering that reads, [DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS/ [UNITED STATES OF AMERICA]. On the left there is a vertical border of leaves and arrows encased in double lines. The case opens on the shorter end. The top of the case is lined with white paper. The bottom insert is made from a soft grey fabric that has holes where the medal, ribbon bar, and pin can be attached. The insert can be completely removed from the case and hung on a wall. The inside is lined with white plastic and has a rectangular shape coming out of the bottom. Below the rectangle is the manufacture’s mark, [ARROW]. The back is blank.