A Victorian Antique English Silver Yachting Trophy
This trophy was awarded to the winner of the 1842 regatta of the Royal Yacht Squadron, England’s preeminent yacht club. The winner was the Francis Nathaniel Conyngham, the Marquess of Conyngham (1797-1876). In 1835 he became Lord Chamberlain, and in that office had the privilege of being the first to inform Victoria that she had become Queen. The diarist Charlotte Williams-Wynn recorded the scene, apparently after buffing up her Shakespeare:<br /><br />
"They knocked, they rang, they thumped for a considerable time before they could rouse the porter at the gate; they were again kept waiting in the courtyard, then turned into one of the lower rooms where they seemed forgotten by everybody.... They then said they were come on business of State to the Queen, and even her sleep must give way to that. It did not prove that she did keep them waiting, for in a few minutes she came into the room in a loose white nightgown and shawl, her nightcap thrown off, her hair falling down upon her shoulders, her feet in slippers, and tears in her eyes, but perfectly collected and dignified."<br /><br />
Conyngham was a legendary yachtsman, Vice-Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron, and revered by his fellow club members. It was said of him: "To Lord Conyngham belongs the distinction of being the greatest owner of yachts of his own or any other time."
|Size||Height: 18.25 in. (46.36 cm.)|