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Tirranna Challenge Cup

Hardy Bros, Silversmiths and Jewellers1895

National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia

Horseracing 17.8-carat-gold electroplated trophy cup with lid on a wooden base. The cup has a neoclassical shape with a flared lip and an elaborate stem. It has relief decoration and is engraved with the year and name of the cup's winners, including:

1896 / won by / MR. A.E. CORDEAUX' / "GARNET";
1897 / won by / MR. COLIN STEPHEN'S / "DON JOHN";
1898 / won by / MR. T. RUTLEDGE'S / "RECORD";
1899 / won by / MR. D.I. WATT'S / "LOCH LEVEN";
1900 / won by / MR . ADRIAN KNOX'S / "SPECULATION";
1901 / won by / MR. H. CHISHOLM'S / "WOLLOGORANG";
1904 / won by / MR. D.I. WATT'S / "CHIEFSWOOD";
1906 / finally won by / MR. D.I. WATT'S / "PLEASURE".

The cup has two elaborate serpent-like handles with spherical 'beads' incorporated into wire supports on either side. The lip of the base below the stem is engraved with "PRESENTED TO DAVID WATT JUNR. BY HIS FATHER 24 JULY 1923. AND LEFT TO HIS GREAT-NEPHEW [HARDY BROS. SYDNEY maker's mark] DAVID INNES WATT 1959.".

The lid is decorated around the rim with a neoclassical surface pattern, with the figure of a horse standing at the centre on a mound of grass. "TIRRANNA PICNIC RACE CLUB / CHALLENGE CUP / Presented 1895" is engraved around the figure as well as more details of the cup's winners, which include:

Won by / MR. E. FRAZER'S / "Man o' War" / 1902;
Won by / MR. T. RUTLEDGE'S HORSE / "Troilus" / 1895;
Won by / MR. J.H.BETTINGTON'S / "Argentum" / 1903.

The cup rests on a circular plinth of dark turned wood and its base is covered in green felt.

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Details

  • Title: Tirranna Challenge Cup
  • Creator: Hardy Bros, Silversmiths and Jewellers
  • Date: 1895
  • Location: Sydney & Tirranna, New South Wales, Australia
  • Material: Gold-plated metal, Wood, Felted cloth - non specific
  • External Link: National Museum of Australia Collection Explorer
  • Dimensions: W 202mm x H 370mm x D 156mm
  • Credit: Donated by John Watt
  • Collection: David Innes Watt collection National Museum of Australia

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