They might be vintage leather boxing gloves to you but to me they’re a work of art. The sport of boxing is considered by many to be a form of art. The skill of dancing around the ring while trying to throw off your opponent with with a left or right jab. It takes a lot of skill to be the last man standing. But hang up the gloves. And I mean that literally. Hang these vintage gloves on a stand to display them on a table or console and they instantly become a work of art. In fact, I think they look a lot better than some random tchotchke, pronounced chachki, that you find in so many homes. Chachkis are used by many to decorate their homes. They are usually small decorative items that we put on tables, walls, anywhere to make it look like someone lives there. But based on some of the chachkis I’ve seen it still looks like no one lives there. They’re usually so generic that they could belong to just about anyone. And they never have much meaning behind them. A shell, a vase or a coaster doesn’t really tell us much about the person who lives there. But these vintage boxing gloves scream history. The worn leather tells a story of hard sweat and tears. Long hard training sessions. Punching that bag over and over again. All to get ready for the big match in the boxing ring. Did he win or did he lose. We don’t know. But one thing is for sure, he worked hard getting there.
By the way, the definition of tchotchke is a small piece of worthless crap, a decorative knick knack with little or no purpose. And if you’re having trouble identifying a tchotchke just look around your house or someone else’s house. Whatever you see that a burglar wouldn’t steal is probably a tchotchke. I’ll take the gloves any day.