The Molyneux Cup Liverpool 1864 - A Massive Victorian Silver tankard.

The Molyneux Cup Liverpool 1864 - A Massive Victorian Silver tankard.

Hallmarks For Charles F Hancock, London 1863

The Molyneux Cup at Liverpool Races in 1864 was won by Captain Gray's three-year-old Windham, by Windhound. The prize of 400 sovereigns consisted of 'a piece of plate value 200 sovs, and 200 sovs in specie by subscription of 10 sovs each . . . the winner to pay 20 sovs towards expenses of the course, &c.' (Yorkshire Gazette, York, Saturday, 16 July 1864, p. 10e)

'For the Molyneux cup, although the field ...

Hallmarks For Charles F Hancock, London 1863

The Molyneux Cup at Liverpool Races in 1864 was won by Captain Gray's three-year-old Windham, by Windhound. The prize of 400 sovereigns consisted of 'a piece of plate value 200 sovs, and 200 sovs in specie by subscription of 10 sovs each . . . the winner to pay 20 sovs towards expenses of the course, &c.' (Yorkshire Gazette, York, Saturday, 16 July 1864, p. 10e)

'For the Molyneux cup, although the field

was of small dimensions, the quality of the competitors was good. Fantail, owing to her favourable weight, was backed freely by her owner and the public, as were also The Clown and Moulsey. Singularly enough, Windham, who had shown high racing qualities at Chester and Newcastle-on-Tyne, was the worst favourite of the lot. Artistically ridden, however, by [Thomas] Cranshaw - the most promising light-weight of the day - Windham, after a fine race with Fantail, won by a neck, and upset the "pot" with which she was entrusted.' (The Manchester Guardian, Friday, 15 July 1864, p. 4b)

This pattern of tankard, produced several times by Hancock's between the 1860s and the early 1880s, was based on a pair of similar vessels, maker's mark of Edward Farrell, London, 1824 (for which see Sotheby's, London, 23 January 2014, lot 124), which the firm had acquired and adapted, probably in the early 1860s.

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Reference

11467

Dimensions

Height 46 cm / 1' 6 "
Weight 5410 g (173.94 troy ozs)