Edwardian Neoclassical sterling silver trophy cup. Made by Gorham in Providence. Oval bowl with high-looping handles and raised foot. Engraved presentation on front: “Inter-Lake Yachting Association / Class Q. Trophy / Presented by / Commodore Emil G. Schmidt / Won by / Spider B.Y.C. July 18-21 / 1916.” Above presentation is the association’s enameled burgee applied over engraved anchors. On back is pictorial engraving of a yacht.
The Inter-Lake Yachting Association, a consortium of Great Lakes boating clubs, was organized in 1885. Schmidt was a member of the Sandusky Yacht Club. The Spider was captained by Lewis G. Northrup of the Buffalo Yacht Club. Interior gilt washed. Fully marked including maker’s stamp. Excellent condition.
Overall dimensions: H 13 1/4 x W 11 1/2 x D 6 3/4 in. Gross weight: 30.5 troy ounces. #BV674