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Featured here is a scarce Olympic torch from the important 1948 London Summer Olympics, called the Austerity Games due to economic climate and post-war rationing at the time. These were the first Summer Games held after a 12-year hiatus. A record 59 nations were represented by 4,104 athletes (3,714 men and 390 women) in 19 sports. Germany and Japan were not allowed to attend; the USSR was invited but chose not to participate. No new venues were built for these Games, and athletes were housed in existing accommodations instead of an Olympic Village. A total of 1,720 torches were made for the flame relay, roughly half the number produced and distributed for the first relay at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games.

The '48 London torches were designed by Ralph Lavers and made of aluminum alloy. The bowl is pierced with three sets of Olympic rings and is inscribed around the lower rim "XIVth OLYMPIAD 1948, OLYMPIA TO LONDON, WITH THANKS TO THE BEARER." They used stainless steel holders for the magnesium candle to ensure a minimum burning time of 15 minutes. The torch stands 16 inches (41cm) tall, with the circular bowl measuring over 5.5" (14cm) in diameter. This torch was presented to us as used in the relay. It is incredibly well-preserved with few, if any, noticeable nicks and scratches. All this is missing is the flame holder. Nonetheless, it stands as one of the more spectacular examples you will find.

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Minimum Bid: $2,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $10,028
Number Bids:17
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