This is a beautiful 20th century sterling silver rowing trophy. The goblet rests on a stand of four crossed oars, held together within a victory wreath. The trophy is mounted on a dark wooden base.
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.
This trophy is in very good condition. Light tarnish, as expected with age and past use. The trophy sits on a turned wooden base. Base in good condition, with only a few scratches from past handling.
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