An expert of Worcester ceramics, Henry Sandon was enthralled by a Royal Worcester Loving Cup, which turned up on the Antiques Roadshow while filming at Birmingham university. The cup was presented to Robert Rowe, a recognised racing cyclist in 1911. Exactly 100 years later, his great niece Milly Sobell brought it along to the Antiques Roadshow.
Sandon asked Michael Grundy at Worcester News to search the archives of the Worcester Journal to discover more detail. The cup was given as a prize at the 1911 Coronation Sports at Pitchcroft. The report found states that the sports day was held on 22nd June 1911, being the only sports meeting in the area that day and therefore, attracting a large crowd. The day lasted for five hours, featuring horse racing, running and cycling.
The cups awarded for first prize in all the events had three handles, with Highland sheep painted by famous Worcester painter of porcelain, Harry Davis. The cup awarded as second prize had two handles and a painting of fruit by Richard Sebright. Robert Rowe had reportedly finished second in the final of the one mile cycle race, being beaten by F J Bridges, who won “ by inches”. The third prize was a cup with one handle, with flowers painted by E Philips.
A number of antiques have been treasured by their previous owners, perhaps awarded as a prize or just a loved piece of furniture. You can find antique furniture like antique chests around Lancashire, where you will discover reputable antique dealers.
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