A Robert Pringle & Sons Art Deco Sterling Silver Isle-of-Man Aviation Trophy: The Manx Air Derby, London, 1936
    Marks: (lion passant), (leopard), A, RP
    8-3/8 inches (21.3 cm)
    12.12 troy ounces

    Property from the Estate of Charles Schalebaum

    The trophy having domed lid with propeller finial, engraved map of the Isle-of-Man to panel, winged handles to body flanking central enameled button with Isle of man crest, four geometric feet raised on socle base.

    The Government of the Isle of Man details the 1936 event:
    "Attempts were made to hold a race meeting in 1935 but it was not until the following year that the first of a series of international events was held. The Douglas June Effort Committee in co-operation with the Lancashire Aero Club announced their ambitious plans early in 1936. The Round-the-Island race would be called The Manx Air Derby to be held on Whit Monday. Also it would be preceded by a much bigger affair in which competitors flying to the Island were invited to take part in a race from London to the Isle of Man, on Whit Saturday. It aroused tremendous interest in the aeronautical world and attracted 20 entrants including many famous names. The start was at Hanworth Aerodrome, London, and the race route would be via Speke, where a compulsory stop of one hour was required to check and refuel aircraft, before flying on to Blackpool, St. Bees' Head, then across the Irish Sea to Maughold Head and the finishing line in Douglas Bay. Machines would then land at Ronaldsway, courtesy of Isle of Man Air Services Ltd. The total distance to be covered was 298 miles including the 31 mile sea crossing which would be patrolled by lifeboats. The event was to be open to any type of aircraft, both British and foreign, and it is interesting to note that the entries included one of the new Cierva autogiros. The event was sanctioned by the Royal Aero Club and overall control of the event was in the capable hands of Captain R. H. Stocken M.I.Ae.E. of the Guild of Air Pilots..."

    Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500.

    Condition Report*:

    Errant nicking and scratching, some flaking to enamel, minor push at lower collar, with wear commensurate with age, polishing, and use.    

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