Gold trophy cup

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Made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Gold trophy cup.
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Gold trophy cup

This gold trophy cup was made in 1751 by Ker & Dempster of Edinburgh. Known as 'The King's Prize', it was presented for horse racing at Leith in Edinburgh. From the 1660s onwards, Leith races became the most important sporting event in Scotland.

Gold cup and cover, "The King's Plate Prize", Leith Races; made by Ker and Dempster, Edinburgh, c. 1751

The racing at Leith was the only event that attracted large crowds, perhaps as many as 100,000. The races were organised by the gentry and both the king and the town of Edinburgh gave prizes to the winners.

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Online ID: 000-100-048-075-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1993.55
Date: 1751
c. 1751
Material: Gold
Dimensions: 215 mm H x 122 mm D (bowl) / 215 mm (across handles)
What: Cup / cover
Who: Ker and Dempster, Edinburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Leith
Scotland, Midlothian, Leith (Leith Sands)
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