Memorabilia relating to the racehorse Persimmon
Lot 97
Memorabilia relating to the racehorse Persimmon
Sold for £937 (US$ 1,575) inc. premium
Auction Details
Sporting Sale Edinburgh
21 Jun 2012 11:00 BST

Auction 20221
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Lot Details
Memorabilia relating to the racehorse Persimmon
A walnut panelled box with 'Persimmon' carved to the top of the lid, the underside of the lid frames a watercolour of Persimmon, with jockey John Watts up in royal colours, signed 'John Sturgess', 12 x 24cm, together with a prize plate engraved 'Persimmon Winner of the Ascot Gold Cup 1897' and a stick pin of a jockey in royal colours mounted on Persimmon.


  • Persimmon was bred and owned by the Prince of Wales at Sandringham, hence royal colours although not the sovereigns racing colours. He was probably the most famous race horse of the late 1800s winning 7 races from 9 starts, including the Epsom Derby in 1896 in a record breaking time, the St Leger and The Ascot Gold cup in 1897. He was trained by Richard Marsh from Edgerton House, Newmarket and his most famous jockey was John Watts.

    Edmund Charles Walker was the head stud groom at Sandringham who raised Persimmon from foal. As a result of Persimmon's success he became Stud Manager, he remained in royal service for 50 years and is buried at St. Mary Magdalene churchyard, Sandringham.

    The former property of Gerard Edmund Walker, grandson to Edmund Charles Walker.

Saleroom notices

  • This lot is to be sold as the racing plate only, without the other two items.
  1. Henry Baggott
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