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Silver-plated butter or caviar dish trophy awarded to amateur cyclist W.J. Taylor in 1901

2013.0035.0001

Silver-plated butter or caviar dish trophy awarded to amateur cyclist W.J. Taylor in 1901

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Description

Silver-plated butter or caviar dish trophy.

Physical description

A decorative silver-plated trophy, in the form of a mounted butter or caviar dish, which is embossed and etched with a vegetal scrolled design. The dish is cylindrical in shape including the hinged lid, and rests on an ornate mount via two pinned handles at the sides. The mount has a rectangular frame at the top, and a pyramid shaped die-cast metal base, linked by a pierced frame. Engraved text on the top of the hinged lid reads 'W.A. Amateur Cycling Club / 25 Mile Road Race / Won by W.J. TAYLOR. / 27..11..01'. The trophy leans to the front and to the proper right.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of a decorative silver-plated mounted hinged butter or caviar dish embossed and etched with a vegetal scrolled design. Hand-engraved text attests to its presentation as a prize by the 'W.A. amateur cycling club' to W.J. Taylor, a local amateur cyclist. Taylor won a twenty-five mile road race that commenced at the Victoria Park Hotel in Perth in November 1901. The object measures 174x244x145mm including the handles at each side and is in a good state of conservation.

The bicycle has played an important role in Australia since the 1880s, both for sport and as means of transportation. The 'Western Australian amateur cycling club collection' offers insight into the contribution of early twentieth century bicycle clubs to the popularisation of amateur and recreational riding. Cyclists typically competed for cash prizes, small medals or embroidered sashes, as well as cups, trophies and, more rarely, repurposed domestic objects. The collection reflects the enthusiasm of local committees for organising comprehensive community events that tested the capabilities of cyclists and their machines.

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