Date: 30 April 2017 | 10:30am

Location: Sydney

Attr Edward Fischer melbourne silversmith

A stunning example of Australian Craftsmanship in the 19th Century will be sold at auction this month, in the form of a Sterling Silver Claret Jug presented in 1877 as a Sporting Trophy.

The Claret Jug is attributed to Edward Fischer, a Viennese jeweller who settled in Geelong (a then thriving commercial centre) in the 1850s. Fischer set up his own workshop and, for Victorian racing clubs, became the go to craftsman for gold and silver sporting trophies. Notably, Fischer was commissioned to make the first ever Australian-made trophy for the Melbourne Cup.

The example to be auctioned is in an elegant baluster form with a scroll handle. The body is engraved with foliate work surrounding two cartouches. One cartouche features two horses mid-race, and the other outlines the details of the race, reading:

Hay Jockey Club Member’s Cup 1877
Won by Mr C Cox’s grey gelding ‘Silvertail’

Marks to the base read ‘sterling’ and ‘silver’. A jug identical to this one is presented in an important volume on Australian silver, ‘Australian Silver, 1800 – 1900,’ by JB Hawkins.

This excellent example will be featured in our April Emporium on Sunday 30 April.

April Emporium | Auction
Sydney | 10:30am

Friday 28 April | 10 – 4 pm
Saturday 29 April | 10 – 4 pm
Sunday 30 April | 9:30 – 10:30 am

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