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Monumental 19th Century 19" English Cycling Trophy Samovar

One of my favorite finds this year! An astounding, heavy English Victorian silver plated samovar in repousse style and presented as a cycling presentation trophy in 1891. Acquired from the UK.

The twin-handled samovar sits on an attached four-legged base and has a removable lid with a ball finial. The repousse decoration features birds within a floral design. Leaf motif on the base and finial. Simply gorgeous workmanship.

The frontal cartouche is beautifully engraved: "PRESENTED TO Mr. W.F. Oldfield, by the Members of the WEST HARTLEPOOL Y.M.C.A. CYCLING CLUB as a Token of Esteem AND IN RECOGNITION OF HIS SERVICES AS CAPTAIN. NOV. 23rd 1891".

The extraordinary piece measures 19" tall and 12-3/4" wide from handle to handle and 10-1/2" deep.  It weighs over 5 pounds.

It's in superb condition and would make a spectacular centerpiece or display piece. Not only a coffee server, but a trophy! A gorgeous example of 19th century workmanship.

Price: $1,200.00   1