This Monumental and Historic George V Period Sterling Silver Presentation Trophy, "The Alexander Channel Cup," was made by Elkington & Co, Birmingham in 1910. The body is inscribed “The Alexander Channel Cup Presented To Henry F. Sullivan. Who Swam the English Channel, Aug. 5th & 6th 1923. From Dover, England to Calais, France. Establishing World's Endurance Record. World's Breast Stroke Record. 26 Hours 50 Minutes.” The cover is mounted with a figural finial of winged Victory in Neoclassical garb holding a staff. The cup is supported by two 3-dimensional figures, one holding a triton. This is an amazing and rare trophy cup, made by one of England’s pre-eminent silversmiths and is a true collector’s prize. Height: 37 ¾ Inches. Weight: 375 Troy Ounces. Excellent Condition.
Henry F. Sullivan was the first American to swim across the English Channel, and the third overall. During the course of this historic swim, Sullivan broke the world swimming endurance record, along with the world breast stroke record. Discussing a film chronicling Sullivan's Channel crossing, the London Daily Sketch on October 3, 1923, stated, "The film of Henry F. Sullivan's swim is the most interesting film we have ever seen, showing all details of this plucky American in "THE GREATEST FEAT OF ENDURANCE OF ALL TIME," swimming from England to France in 26 hours and 50 minutes, in a sea almost unfit for boats." It was Sullivan's seventh attempt. After the swim, Sullivan met the Prince of Wales, and toured Britain, then returned home where he traveled the United States as a sporting hero for four years.