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Trophy

Trophy

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1870-1871 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Elkington & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, with chased design and hinged lid

  • Museum number:

    M.8-2000

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 66, The Whiteley Galleries, case 5

Silver has been given as a prize in competitions in Europe since at least the 16th century. Trophies could take the form of silver arrows for archery, or bells, bowls, medals or double handed cups. Archery and horse racing were the earliest sports to see organised competition rewarded by silver prizes but trophies have since been given for all manner of sports, arts and other contests. Silver was appealing as a prize material as it was hard wearing, could be easily worked and decorated and had a substantial value. If the winner fell upon hard times or disliked their prize, they could melt it down and reclaim the value of the metal.

This silver jug was made by the Birmingham firm, Elkington & Co. It was awarded as a prize to Mr Whitehouse for his pointer dog ‘Rock’ at a show held in Birmingham in 1870. The first dog show in Britain was held at Newcastle-upon -Tyne in 1859 and featured setters and pointers only. Dog shows became increasingly popular and in 1874, the Kennel Club was set up to standardise the rules. Unlike many trophies which are in the form of cups with handles, this prize was a flask with Celtic style decoration.

The Elkington pattern books suggest this flask was one of the prototypes for a claret jug design. The inscription on the trophy is noted on the original sketch. Elkingtons later recycled this pattern in electroplate, their trade catalogue of 1881 offering it for £7 under the category, 'CLARET JUGS', and describing it as 'Plated, Celtic, richly engraved'.

Physical description

Dog show trophy; Pilgrim flask

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1870-1871 (made)

Artist/maker

Elkington & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, with chased design and hinged lid

Marks and inscriptions

Rim of base: maker’s mark FE in two joined circles, lion, anchor, date letter ‘v’ for 1870-1, duty
inside lid: date letter, duty

Inscribed: National Exhibition of Sporting and other dogs BIRMINGHAM 1870 CHAMPION CLASS First Prize awarded to J.G. Whitehouse, Esq FOR HIS POINTER DOG "ROCK"

Dimensions

Height: 28.0 cm, Length: 14.0 cm, Width: 7.5 cm

Object history note

Formerly - Lost 455
Old Number LOST 455
Elkingtons' pattern books suggest this flask was one of the prototypes of this design. The inscription on the trophy is noted on the original sketch. Elkingtons later recycled this pattern in electroplate, their trade catalogue of 1881 offering it for £7 0 0 under the category, 'CLARET JUGS', and describing it as 'Plated, Celtic, richly engraved'.

Descriptive line

Silver Dog Show Trophy, made by Elkington, 1870-1871

Materials

Silver

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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