An important Pineapple Trophy Goblet, The Diamond Sculls, Henley Royal Regatta 1905. 8.75x4.25ins (22x11cm)

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An important Pineapple Trophy Goblet, The Diamond Sculls, Henley Royal Regatta 1905.
8.75x4.25ins (22x11cm)

Sold for £ 4,750 (US$ 5,948) inc. premium
An important Pineapple Trophy Goblet, The Diamond Sculls, Henley Royal Regatta 1905.
Awarded to Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916). Silver gilt, with heavily embossed decoration, the cartouche engraved Henley Royal Regatta 1905 and on the foot ring Diamond Sculls. Won by F.S.Kelly Leander Club, beating record by 13 seconds. Made by Walter, Michael & John Barnard & Sons, Hallmarked London 1905. 24oz. 8.75x4.25ins (22x11cm)

Footnotes

  • First awarded in 1844, the Diamond Sculls "For Amateurs, open to All England" was seen as the pinnacle of individual rowing. In 1850, the Diamond scarf pin prize was replaced by the Diamond Challenge Sculls, the winner being awarded a silver gilt pineapple goblet to retain. This tradition was continued at every regatta until 1973. This tradition has subsequently be reinstated, with all winners now receiving a cup to record their victory.

    Frederick Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia, the fourth son of an Irish immigrant. After attending Sydney Grammar, he was sent to Eton College, where he rowed in the successful Ladies Challenge Plate crew in the Henley Regatta of 1899. Going up to Balliol College, Oxford, he started sculling and won the Diamond Sculls for the first time at Henley in 1902. The following year he was successful again in the Diamond Sculls and also winning the Winfield Sculls on the Thames. After leaving Oxford, he joined Leander Club and with them he joined crews that won the Grand Challenge Cup in 1903,1904 & 1905 as well as the Stewards Challenge Cup in 1906. He was also part of the Olympic Gold Medal winning crew in 1908. He beat Harry Blackstaffe in the Diamond Sculls in 1905 and his record time stood for thirty years.

    Kelly joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve at the outbreak of War and served at Gallipoli, where he was wounded twice, surviving only to fall at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
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