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    A Tiffany & Co. Silver Yachting Trophy: Newport Citizens Cup, New York, 1887
    Marks: TIFFANY & CO. 9587 MAKERS 8472, STERLING SILVER, 925-1000, M
    9-1/2 x 20-1/2 x 13-1/4 inches (24.1 x 52.1 x 33.7 cm)
    158.14 troy ounces
    Inscription: Newport Citizens Cup / WON BY / SCHOONER YACHT / MAGIC / N.Y.Y.C. / AUG. 13TH 1887 / THRONTON N. MOTLEY, OWNER

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

    Bonhams, London, January 22, 2003, lot 301.

    Accompanied by Tiffany Archive's research dated October 2020, the boat-form cup with mask below ribbed bowsprit, hawsehole to either side supporting hawsers or ropes swaged to undulating cartouche with sprays of seagrass front and back, set on domed base with four dolphin masks with wave-like plumbs, upon rope above seagrass. The lot also includes a crew member's painted wood trunk with a scene depicting the schooner Magic.

    The trophy appears in Tiffany & Co.'s manufacturing ledger for December 22, 1887 as Yacht Prize Citizens Newport Cup, 159.80 ounces of silver with a manufacturing cost of $450.

    Newport families put up four challenge cups in 1887, this one being the largest. "August 16, 1887...was the last day of the cruise there was a goodly fleet to take part in this the final race. It was Newport Citizen's Cup day, and of course Newport was throbbing with excitement." The New York Herald article titled Wooing the Wind... for the Citizens' Cup, describes "A Dull Day and Unexciting Race off Newport,... from the buoy off Beaver Tail to and around the Sow and Pigs Lightship, thence to and around the Hens and Chickens Lightship, and thence to a finish off Brenton's Reef Lightship." Nearly twelve hours later Magic prevailed, winning the day, a $650 prize, and this beautiful trophy." However, the story is not straight forward. The schooner Sachem is listed in some sources as the winner, however "with double time allowance the Magic wins" and so the trophy bears her name.

    Magic's owner was Thornton N. Motley, a New York Yacht Club member and President and Director of Thornton N. Motley co., a manufacturer of railroad supply company, located in New York's Financial District. Social connections are always interesting, and his spanned from athletic, riding and driving clubs, to Tammany Society.

    Condition Report*: The Citizen's Cup, as the name suggests was commissioned by the citizens of Newport, RI. This boat-form bowl with swaged ropes presents well without issue to the exterior. The interior exhibits some light dents to the reverse of the double walled cartouches and reverse of the prow mask, which is also double walled.
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    November, 2020
    17th Tuesday
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