Presentation cup, 'The Sydney Cup', horse racing, gold, Christian Ludwig Qwist, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1871
18ct and 22ct, hand-raised Australian gold presentation cup in the form of a standing cup with cover, on a short stem and with a circular foot with chased bands of ovolo and beaded decoration. The lower body with band of acanthus leaves on a mat ground, a band of rope decoration, Greek key, floral scroll and paterae, the plain body applied with scrolls supporting a floral garland forming a cartouche at the centre. With two rising cast and chased handles with Bacchus mask terminals and applied vine leaves, the slender and elongated neck with further bands of decoration and removable cover with bud finial. The cup is engraved in the central cartouche 'The Sydney Cup Handicap Two Miles Won by Mr Twomey's Mermaid'.
Inscription engraved on one side of cup reads: 'The Sydney Cup/handicap/2 miles/won by Mr Twomey's/"MERMAID"/4yrs/carrying 7st 5lb/in 3' 40"/RANDWICK AUTUMN MEETING/1871". Stamped above inscription "C.L.QWIST'. Stamped on rim of foot at back, "18 C.L.QWIST 18". Engraved above cartouche on back "C.L.QWIST"