A 9ct gold trophy, 'The Durban Gold Cup' won by Le Vin Chaud, owned by W J Jackson, 1 August 1931, made by Deakin and Francis.
Lot 12
A 9 carat gold two-handled trophy cup by Deakin & Francis, Birmingham 1930
Sold for £21,250 (US$ 35,717) inc. premium
Lot Details
A 9 carat gold two-handled trophy cup
by Deakin & Francis, Birmingham 1930
Of compressed baluster form with gadrooned borders and leaf-capped knop loop handles, the body engraved with presentation inscription and applied with enamelled coat of arms within an applied gold foliate scroll cartouche to one side, and applied enamelled monogram to the other, raised on a circular domed foot with fluted band and surmounted on a green marble base applied with gold presentation plaque, height excluding base 18cm, diameter 32.3cm, weight excluding base 39oz.


    Won by the current owner's great-grandfather
    Thence by descent

    This two-handled 9 carat gold trophy cup was made by the Birmingham-based Deakin & Francis in 1930 and awarded to the winning horse – W. J. Jackson's "Le Vin Chaud" – at the Durban Gold Cup in South Africa in 1931. The Gold Cup is still run every year on the Greyville course, Durban, and is South Africa's premier two mile (3,200m) stayers' contest. It was first raced in 1926 when won by Sir Abe Bailey's "Sun Lad".

    The arms on the trophy were used on the seal of the City of Durban between 1882 and 1936. They show the shield of Sir Benjamin d'Urban (Governor of the Cape Province), quartered with that of Sir Benjamin Pine (Governor of Natal). The crest represents an Aloe plant surmounted by a star.

    A great enthusiasm for horses runs through the Jackson family tree. W.J. Jackson emigrated to South Africa, settling in Durban, where he became a prominent racehorse-owner, winning three premier trophies (including the present lot). One trophy was inherited by each of his three sons; this trophy was inherited by Harry Jackson, who became a Captain in the famous cavalry regiment, the 17th/21st Lancers of the British Army. Formed in 1922, the regiment was an amalgamation of the Duke of Cambridge's Own 17th Lancers and the Empress of India's 21st Lancers. The trophy was, in turn, passed down from father to son to the current owner.
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