A large Victorian silver plated trophy cup and cover

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Lot 151
A large Victorian silver plated trophy cup and cover

£ 500 - 700
US$ 630 - 880

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15 Jan 2020, 11:00 GMT

Edinburgh

A large Victorian silver plated trophy cup and cover
The richly decorated trophy with stag finial to cover, the cartouche on side of body with presentation inscription, together with a framed, hand coloured photograph of Robert Barley with his trophy collection 25cm wide, 17cm deep, 42cm high (9 1/2in wide, 6 1/2in deep, 16 1/2in high)

Footnotes

  • The inscription reads 'Presented to R Barley by Louis C Denereaz Esq in appreciation of his clever display with Jem Mace, the Champion of the World, April 1873'.

    Robert Barley (b.1849 Islington) was a humble livery stable keeper but also a keen boxer and well respected runner.

    James 'Jem' Mace (1831-1910) was an English middleweight boxing champion from Norfolk nicknamed 'The Gypsy'. He often succeeded in outboxing heavier opponents thanks to his dancing style, clever defensive tactics and powerful, accurate punching. Mace has a commemorative plaque in the centre of Norwich.

    The Islington Amateur Boxing Club was founded by Mr D Taylor and C Fuller, and after growing significantly, a competition was put forward to all of England. Robert Barley appears to have won the first two matches at 11 stone in March 1876 and January 1877. The belt was then put forward during the year of 1877, however there were no takers, so on 4th September 1877, Robert Barley was presented with this belt in honour of the three times challenge for England.
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