The South Africa Cup

A large two handed cup with cover made in the Hugeunot style. The bowl of bell shape, the top being plain inscribed, “Presented to the Corporation of the Borough of Richmond, York’s, by the Mayor (Captain Gerald Walker) as a memorial to the safe return from South Africa of the Volunteers of the Borough. 1901”.

The centre of the bowl having an applied band beneath which is cast applied strap work decoration. The handles of double C scroll form, the whole standing on a stepped foot. The lid having matched strap work decoration to that on the body.

Made in London in 1900 by Mappin Bros. Weight 33ozs

Captain Gerald Walker was Mayor of Richmond in 1901 and 1902. A keen sportsman he was a founder member of the North York’s and South Durham Cyclists Meet, now the Richmond Meet in 1892. His comic oration on the care of pigs, delivered from the steps of the Obelisk whilst holding a very lively piglet, is described in the press of the time, as being truly remarkable.

© Copyright of Alan M.Wilcox Richmond Town Clerk 1985-1997.