Presented is a vintage Spalding leather punching speed bag. The bag is stamped "Spalding/ Made in the USA/ 73-312/ Genuine Cowhide" on the front of the bag. The tan cowhide bag is machine sewn with leather laces at top, with seven lace holes, and a leather hanging loop. The bottom is stamped "Inflated to 3 LBS. Use Hand Pump." in black ink. The speed bag model dates to the 1940s.
The famous sports company, A.G. Spalding, owed much of its success to its namesake Albert Goodwill Spalding. Spalding began his career as a well-renowned baseball player. Spalding helped to form the National League for baseball. The National League was responsible for formalizing the rules and regulations of the American pastime in 1876. Albert Spalding was added posthumously to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The company A.G. Spalding became the first to produce official regulation-sized sports equipment such as tennis balls, footballs, basketballs, and golf balls. The company started in Chicago, Illinois, but quickly expanded around the United States. They eventually opened stores in the United Kingdom.
Very good condition. Tan cowhide leather punching bag. Machine stitching and leather laces and loop at top. With an inflation valve at the bottom. Some threads lose at the bottom. Minor scratches to bag from past use. Dimensions: 13 1/2" H x 7 1/2" W x 7 1/2" D.