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    A Tiffany & Co. Silver Yachting Trophy: Goelet Cup, New York, 1892
    Designed by James H. Whitehouse
    Marks: TIFFANY & CO. 11304 MAKERS 9034 STERLING SILVER T
    16-1/2 x 12-3/4 x 9 inches (41.9 x 32.4 x 22.9 cm)
    142.73 troy ounces
    Inscription: GOELET CUP 1892

    American Presentation and Trophy Silver from the Collection of J.D. Parks

    PROVENANCE:
    Christie's, New York, January 26, 1995, lot 310;
    Sotheby's, New York, The Victor Niederhoffer Collection of Trophy and Presentation Silver, December 15, 1998, lot 107;
    Christies, New York, May 19, 2005, lot 24;
    Acquired from the above.

    LITERATURE:
    Blades, J.M. & Loring, J. (2006) Tiffany at the World's Columbian Exposition. Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL, 2006, page 78

    EXHIBITION HISTORY:
    Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, 1893, cat. #8
    Tiffany at the World's Columbian Exposition. Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL, 2006

    The urn-form trophy with acid etched victory scene of war ships and in the foreground Triton blowing a conch shell surrounded by mermaids rising from waves, one mermaid holding up a victory wreath, blank cartouche to reverse flanked by mermaids, base of body with acid etched band of tritons alternating with stylized leaves, shoulder with acid etched inscription, removable laurel wreath attaches with pin below cast dolphin-form bifurcated handles and above opposite handle a catch for either end of wreath.

    Ogden Goelet commissioned two cups for the races that would be held during New York Yacht Clubs Annual Cruise in 1892, a $1,000 cup for schooners and this $500 cup for sloops. As recorded in the Tiffany & Co. Archives, the cup for sloops had a manufacturing cost of $299. The following year the cup was on display in the Tiffany Pavilion at the Columbian Exposition along with three other Goelet Cups.

    The race for the Goelet Cups was held on August 5. "Ten schooners and only four sloops raced over Breton Reef-Block Island-West Island...in a freshening sou'wester. There were upset victories in both classes...the 46-footer Harpoon, sailed by Charles Francis Adams, won over Gloriana and Wasp...as well as the old Gracie...The Press commented "Hurrah for Beantown and the Beantown yachts." John Parkinson, Jr. The History of the New York Yacht Club

    The skipper Charles Francis Adam (1866-1954), and his brother, George Adam, owner of Harpoon grew up near the water, and sailed from an early age. They were direct descendants of John and Quincy Adams, the 2nd and 6th presidents of the United States. As sailing master, Charles Francis Adam went on to win the America's Cup in 1920 before being appointed Secretary of the Navy in 1929 by President Herbert Hoover.

    Harpoon, originally named Beatrix, was designed by the renowned American yacht designer Edward Burgess (1848-1891) for A.J. Frisbee of Salem in 1891. Frisbee sold Beatrix to the Adam brothers, who renamed her and altered the original design with a new sail plan and a weighted centerboard, clearly succeeding in transforming her to a racing sloop.



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    Condition Report*: The stately trophy presents very well with no condition issues except for a quarter inch scratch above the cartouche. Interestingly, the cartouche was never engraved with the name of the winning sloop, Harpoon. Due to its intricacies the current owner had the removable wreath professionally coated against tarnish.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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