Georgian Silver Trophy Cup

Date: 1826

Maker: Samuel Hennell

Country: England

Stock Number: 9477


A magnificent sterling silver presentation cup and cover of campana form. Large enough to take a bottle. The lid mounted with a greyhound, the handles formed as large birds of prey with outstretched wings, the borders with naturalistic scenes of flowers and foliage.

Weight 2210 grams, 71.06 troy ounces.

Height 26.7cm (without lid) 35.5cm (with lid). Diameter 15cm. Spread across handles 26cm. London 1826.

Maker Samuel Hennell.

Literature: Coursing, one of the oldest sports, dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. In its simplest form, it is the pursuit of game animals by hounds which hunt by sight rather than smell. Classed as a gentleman’s sport, it was generally conducted on the great estates of the royalty and aristocracy and during the reign of Elizabeth I the first rules of coursing were drawn up by Earl Thomas Marshal, Duke of Norfolk.
During the reign of George III, coursing gained popularity and gentlemen became interested in matching their hounds against others for a wager. In 1776, in Swaffham, the Earl of Orford founded the first English coursing club. Other coursing clubs followed, including the Ashdown Park Club (1780), the Malton Coursing Club (1781), the Newmarket Society (1805), the Louth Coursing Society and the Ilsley Club (both 1808), the Beacon Hill Club (1812), the Morse Coursing Society (1815), the Derbyshire Coursing Society (1817), the Deptford Coursing Union (1819), the Amesbury Club (1822) and the Altcar Club (1825). Additional clubs continued to be founded well into the second half of the nineteenth century as organized coursing continued to grow in popularity.
Coursing was a winter sport, the season began in early September and ran through the following March. The Duke of Norfolk’s Laws of the Leash were the basis of the rules for coursing across England however each coursing club added a few embellishments of their own. Most clubs offered a gold or silver cup to the winner of the meeting they sponsored.

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