Of coaching interest:- A Victorian silver two-handled cup and cover by Messrs Barnard, London 1875
Lot 266
Of coaching interest:- A Victorian silver two-handled cup and cover
by Messrs Barnard, London 1875
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 17,000 - 25,000
amended
Auction Details
Of coaching interest:- A Victorian silver two-handled cup and cover by Messrs Barnard, London 1875 Of coaching interest:- A Victorian silver two-handled cup and cover by Messrs Barnard, London 1875
Lot Details
British Silver
Of coaching interest:- A Victorian silver two-handled cup and cover
by Messrs Barnard, London 1875
The large classical urn-shaped bowl applied with elaborate looped and bifurcated acanthus leaf handles, embossed in high relief with a four horse-drawn passenger coach, with raised title "HIRONDELLE" in cartouche, opposite side a large scroll embossed cartouche engraved with coat of arms, supported on a knop stem terminating in a circular foot applied with three cast horses; two standing and one couchant, further applied with a scroll escutcheon embossed with the crest of a port-cullis, the separate cover embossed with geometric swags and having a cast horse finial, height 84.5cm.

Footnotes

  • Engraved with the arms of Colonel Alfred Plantaganet Frederick Charles Somerset of Enfield Court, Middlesex, Deputy Lieutenant, the only son of Lord John Somerset, and grandson of the Duke of Beaufort. Colonel Alfred Somerset married Adelaide Harriet Pechell on 24th September 1857.

    'L'Hirondelle', French for 'The Swallow', was considered one of the finest carriages in the field of horse-drawn coach travelling in the mid-19th century. Originally owned by a Mr Taylor of Shrewsbury, it was considered one of the very best coaches that ever ran achieving speeds and distances very few other coaches could boast of. It is recorded in the Tewkesbury yearly Register and Magazine of 1840 accomplishing "a distance of 122 miles in less than nine hours", while in 1842 "a team of four greys did 9 miles in 35 minutes".

    In late Victorian England there came a revival of interest in coaching with coaching 'relics' restored to past distinction by wealthy enthusiasts as the amateur sport of the privileged classes. One such enthusiast was Colonel Alfred Somerset who obtained 'L'Hirondelle' at the height of the transition to the steam locomotive during the 1870's. During these years the carriage was driven by Lord Arthur Somerset, the son-in-law of Alfred, as part of a rally between Enfield and Hitchin. It is likely that the winner of the race was presented with the 'Hirondelle' Cup as reward for the victory each year the rally was held.

Saleroom notices

  • The weight is 173oz.
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