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Reference: ZF0349

Tankard, trophy of the "Commodore Cup" of Dover. Silver. Possibly Germany and import to England, late nineteenth century.
With contrast marks.
Container with handle and lid with hinge of cylindrical body known as "tankard" that has an abundant and delicate decoration on the outside. The circular and openwork legs have plant elements. The body of the piece shows a strip with teardrop shapes facing symmetrical plant motifs; another much broader with a figurative theme (semi-naked male figures hunting a wild boar with the help of dogs, an archer pointing to a fleeing deer, another deer harassed by dogs, two female figures appear, trees, etc.); and a finer one with a vegetable composition and an inscription distributed in three areas ("RCPYC / Vc COMMODORES CUP", "WON BY / BRYNHILD", "DOVER / JULY 20 1900"); Each of the zones is separated with a fine embossed cord. The cover has an elaborate decoration of figures on a band with opposing teardrop shapes: birds with outstretched wings on scrolls and vegetal forms, a Diana huntress accompanied by a dog, and a lion and a smooth shield with plant elements in the area of the hinge. The handle has a vegetal composition flanked by cords on the front and smooth mirrors framed by smooth moldings on the sides, in addition to plant elements at the end of it.
The contrast marks indicate that it is, surely, a piece of imported to England (letter F) of sterling silver .925 (lion) made or brought before 1900 (the letter A would indicate the year of 1896) and related to the City of London (leopard without crown). The remaining punch could make reference to Berthold Muller, whose mark was registered in 1897 and that usually is seen in pieces of English import. It is possible to find similar pieces in a private collection that, without being trophies, show punches of Neresheimer, in Hanau (Germany) and the end of the 19th century.
The Dover Regatta is celebrated since 1826, organized by the community for the community and with several other organizations involved in it. On May 6, 1872, a Royal Order gave permission to form in Dover the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (RCPYC), holding its first race on June 19, 1875 and with a strong relationship with members of the English Royal Family from the principle (Prince Arthur, then Duke of Connaught, was the first "Commodore", the Prince of Wales, then King Edward VII, often participated in the early days, Queen Victoria gave trophies frequently, etc.). The RCPYC would participate in the Dover Regatta in a habitual way towards the end of the 19th century, a time when this race already attracted thousands of visitors (national and foreign) and in which English, French, Belgian, etc. boats participated. The yacht built by Camper and Nicholson in 1898, designed by Charles E. Nicholson, was commissioned by Major Selwin Calvery and baptized Brynhild, participating in numerous races at the beginning of the 20th century (he won the King's Cup in 1902 ...); after navigating under the name Changrilla and a series of changes and restorations, it is still operating under the name of "Black Swan", mainly in the Mediterranean. Weight: 2875 gr."

· Size: 26x24x49 cms

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