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General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11399
Period: George VI
Year: 1939
Silversmith: Charles S. Green & Co. Ltd
Place: Birmingham
Price: R 3 500.00
Weight: 62 grams
Dimensions: 10.5 cm diameter
Condition: Very good condition, but 2 very small dents to the circular foot. Engraving very clear. A few spots of black oxidation in the decoration and the foot.

Description: The General Smuts Cup, a sterling silver shooting trophy awarded to Captain W. Marks of Belfast in 1950. The trophy is a small circular bon-bon dish, on a raised circular foot, with irregular rim featuring scrolls. The dish has an applied silver badge of the SANRA (South African National Rifle Association), of a jumping springbok below crossed rifles, and above a laurel wreath, surrounded by engraving "Capt. W. Marks Belfast, Genl. Smuts Cup 1950". The rim of the foot is also engraved, this is very small and barely visible, it reads "M. Tiger, Bloemfontein", we assume the trophy was re-awarded at a later date. The dish is clearly hallmarked on the base for Birmingham 1939 by Charles Green & Co, given it is engraved 1950 we assume it's use was delayed by World War II. Belfast is a small town in the North East of South Africa, primarily known for coal mining and trout fishing. Field Marshal Jan Smuts (1870-1950) was the Prime Minister of South Africa during World War II, he had a strong friendship with Winston Churchill. He best remembered as the founder of the League of Nations, the predecessor to the United Nations, aimed at World Peace.
General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy
General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy

General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy
Capt. W. Marks Belfast Genl. Smuts Cup 1950

General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy
M. Tiger Bloemfontein silver trophy

General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy
Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy

General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy
Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy

General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy
Charles Green Birmingham 1939 silver hallmarks

General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver Shooting Trophy
General Smuts Cup Sterling Silver

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