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    A Tiffany & Co. Yachting Trophy: Astor Cup , New York, 1893
    Marks: TIFFANY & CO., 11690 MAKERS 3424, STERLING SILVER, 925-1000, 24 PINTS
    9 x 23-1/2 x 17 inches (22.9 x 59.7 x 43.2 cm)
    195.51 troy ounces
    Inscription: ASTOR CUPS WON BY, NEWPORT, RI 1893

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

    Through descent;
    Acquired from a private collection, Long Island, New York.

    Accompanied by Tiffany Archive's research dated October 2020, the footed bowl of waisted form with undulating rim mimicking waves, applied swaying seagrass fronds frame the acid etched inscription which circles the bowl, figureheads to either side blow on conch sell in victory, set upon a domed base of waves raised on cast shell-form feet.

    The trophy appears in Tiffany & Co.'s manufacturing ledger for July 20, 1893 as Yacht Prize (Bowl), 196.50 ounces of silver with etching and chasing cost of $376.95. The entry specifically mentions Jack Astor.

    This is one of two cups commissioned by John J. Astor for a three day race held for American contenders of the America's Cup. On August 17, the day after the [New York Yacht Club annual] cruise ended, the America's Cup candidates raced fifteen miles to the windward and return from Brenton Reef Lightship in "a good whole-sale southeaster, somewhat of a lumpy sea, the beginning of a two day series for two $600 cups presented by John J. Astor, the conditions somewhat unusual. The first day's winner received a cup but, if beaten on the second day, raced on a third day against the second day's winner, the winner of the third race to receive both cups. Vigilant won on the first day over Jubilee and Colonia in that order, Pilgrim carried away her gaff and did not finish. Next day Vigilant defeated Pilgrim, her sole opponent, by over twenty minutes in a light sou'wester and gained possession of both cups." (The History of the New York Yacht Club, p.154-155). As anticipated, Vigilant went on to win the America's Cup.

    Launched June 14, 1893, Vigilant was a centerboard sloop designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Vigilant was owned by a syndicate, led by Charles Oliver Iselin which included E.D. Morgan, August Belmont, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, among many others. Vigilant, skippered by Nathanael Green Herreshoff, went on to win the 1893 America's Cup, the first of five defenders designed by Herreshoff that won five America's Cup races.

    Condition Report*: Commissioned by John Jacob Astor, this is the first public viewing of the Astor Cup since it was originally presented to Vigillant, owned by a syndicate led by Charles Oliver Iselin . Parks worked within his network of dealers to purchase the cup from a descendent of the original owner. The exterior presents very well, with crisply articulated seagrass moving up the side to the trumpeting figures. The interior of the bowl has some light scratching to the center, but not so much as to distract from this wonderful prize.
    *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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    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    17th Tuesday
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