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JG Tarver, Texas Giant Ring, Circus Souvenir
The ring features the name of the famed 8 foot 4 inch 325 pound giant, James Grover Tarver. He was born in 1885 in Franklin, Texas and became known as The Texas Giant, Texas Jim or What-A-Man-Tarver. He traveled with Ringling Brothers and other various circuses for 26 years from 1909 to 1935 and spent his time off on his Arkansas farm. Tarver also played the role of the giant in the 1917 movie "Jack and the Beanstalk." He died in 1958 in Arkansas at age 72 from complications of diabetes.
These rings were sold as souvenirs at the Circus and at the Texas Centennial in 1936. J G Tarver was the original BIG TEX that is still an Icon of the Texas State Fair. I have included a couple pictures of James. He was born of normal sized parents and "just growed".
The ring is in excellent condition, molded metal (lead?) and measures 1-1/4" on the inside diameter (about a size 26) and 5/8" at the widest.
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