Presented is a silver plated rowing tankard from 1909. The tankard was presented to the winner of the Regatta Eights by the London Rowing Club. It is formed in a tapered cylindrical shape with two c-shaped handles and a decorated bottom rim. At the center of the tankard is a seal of the London Rowing Club.
The sport of rowing has been in existence as long as humans have traveled the water by boat. The first reference to rowing as a sport, and not simply as a means of transportation, comes from a fifteenth century BC Egyptian funerary carving. The writer Virgil mentioned rowing as part of the funeral games for Aeneas. During the Middle Ages, Italian Carnevale often featured regatta races that pitted the nation’s best rowers against one another.
The first modern rowing competitions can be traced to renaissance England, where guilds sponsored boats to compete in the “Lord Mayor’s Water Procession” beginning in 1454. The “Doggett’s Coat and Badge” race is the oldest continuously held boat race in the world, the race between London Bridge and Chelsea Harbor has been held annually since 1715.
The London Rowing Club is the second-oldest of the non-academic active rowing clubs on the Thames in London. It was founded in 1856 by members of the Argonauts Club, wishing to compete at Henley Royal Regatta. It is regarded as one of the most successful rowing clubs in Britain and its Patron is Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
Good condition overall. Engraved elements still clear and legible. Some light tarnish to the silver, due to age and past use.
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