A Victorian Prize for the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.
Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.
A Victorian silver and leather mounted Tobacco Jar with Match Strikers, London 1875, by Henry William Dee.
The lid impressed: Ventriloque 5 Juin 1876‘, and the body impressed ‘Comte L St. Sauveur.’
This race, first known as the Grand Steeple Chase in this year, with a prize of 30,000 Francs, was won by Ventriloque, owned by the Comte de Saint- Sauveur.
The Graphic of 10th June:
‘Hence the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris was run at Auteuil on Sunday last – again horresco, or editorially and plurally horrescimus – and a good race it was, sixteen foreign and English horses, the latter predominating, coming to the post. Baron Finot’s Coureuse de Nuit was made favourite, but failed to get a place. Count de St. Sauveur’s Ventriloque (this is not the French for a “roarer”, gentle reader), but little fancied, was returned the winner, the English horses, Chimney Sweep (an unlucky animal) and Congress, finishing second and third.’
Good overall. Some staining to the ceramic interior of the cigar holder. Some wear to the leather, and some loss to the silvering within the impressed tooling. Some surface marking to the silver.
Height – 15.20 cm.; Diameter – 21.20 cm.; Weight – 1337 gms.