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THE PRIZE CUP OF VICTORIA MOUNTED RIFLES
A lovely silver trophy, marked London 1882 "CB" (Charles Boynton?), and stands about 300 mm high.
I bought it on Ebay while resident in Austria. The entire cup is beautifully decorated all round with foliage, possibly some ginko leaves, and inscribed on three sides as follows: "Government Challenge Cup for Mounted Volunteers Natal 1883" (four years after the final battle in the Zulu War, the Battle of Ulundi), "Won by the Victoria Mounted Rifles" (since then renamed the Natal Mounted Rifles), and a list of the ten team members.
The cup have caught my interest for sentimental reasons, viz, although I was born in England, and lived in various parts of the world, I grew up in Durban and still regard it as home more so than anywhere else.
But.....are there a few cm missing from the stem, perhaps between the two beaded rings? I'm not sure. The goblet I use on daily basis for my wine rations is shown for scale/proportions.
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