Mementoes of star horse at Bonhams Edinburgh sporting sale

Sporting Sale
21 Jun 2012

Mementoes of Persimmon, one of the most famous racehorses of the second half of the 19th century, are to be auctioned at Bonhams Sporting Sale in Edinburgh on 21 June.

Persimmon won the Derby in 1896 in a new record time and the St Leger and the Ascot Gold Cup in 1897. In nine starts, he was only beaten twice. Bred and owned by the Prince of Wales at Sandringham, 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, remaining in royal service for 50 years.

The lot, which carries an estimate of £1,500-2,000, consists of a walnut panelled box with 'Persimmon' carved on the top of the lid. On the underside of the lid is a watercolour of the horse - with jockey John Watts mounted in the royal colours - signed by 'John Sturgess'. There is also 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.


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