Commemorative Goblet from the 1937 America's Cup Race

Commemorative Goblet from the 1937 America's Cup Race
Commemorative Goblet from the 1937 America's Cup Race
Commemorative Goblet from the 1937 America's Cup Race
Commemorative Goblet from the 1937 America's Cup Race

Commemorative Goblet from the 1937 America's Cup Race

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A Commemorative Glass Goblet.

The rim engraved with an inscription set within a band of rope lines:

The Sixteenth International Race for THE AMERICA’S CUP

– and set with two frosted glass dolphin form handles. The front of the cup bearing an engraving of the Defender, Ranger, set within a central plaque surmounted by an eagle and flanked on the right by a hand-coloured United States Yacht Flag and on the left by the burgee of the New York Yacht Club. This is flanked by engraved names of each winner of the previous races from 1870 to 1934. Underneath is engraved another inscription: 

TROPHY DEEDED TO N.Y.Y.C.  1857 / KNOWN AS THE AMERICA’S CUP / TO BE COMPETED FOR INTERNATIONALLY

The reverse of the cup similarly engraved with a central plaque showing the challenger, Endeavor, surmounted with the English Lion passant, and flanked by a hand-coloured English Naval Ensign of the White Squadron on the right and on the left by the burgee of the Royal Yacht Squadron.  The plaque is flanked by the names of the Defender: 

Harold S. Vanderbilt / New York Yacht Club

and the Contender:

T.O.M. Sopwith / Royal Yacht Squadron / Yacht Endeavor.

Below is engraved:

The Royal Yacht Squadron Trophy / Competed for August 1851 Won /by N.Y.Y.C. Schooner Yacht America.

The foot is engraved:

Won by Ranger – Score 4 to 0.

Underneath the base is the inscription:

Vernay / New York / Glass No. 23 / Limited Edition of 25.

The prominent antiques dealers, Arthur S. Vernay, Inc. of New York had a summer shop in Newport form 1929 through the summer of 1938.  They designed and produced several interesting pieces of commemorative glass throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s.  This was done after the famous race of 1937.

Ranger was built at cost for $ 500,000 and was funded solely by Mr. Vanderbilt. It was launched at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, 11 May 1937. Ranger never sailed again after winning the race and was sold for scrap in May of 1941 for $12,000.

The Endeavor (II) was launched 8 June 1936 and had the greatest length overall, and the tallest rig of any J Class boat. It was laid up later in 1947 and sold for scrap 10 years later.

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