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Natal Rifle Association Semper Paratus Sterling Silver Napkin Trophy Rings - Emma Thresh, Murray-Smith Memorial     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11085
Period: George V
Year: 1913, 1925
Silversmith: Henry Mathews, FH Adam & Co.
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 240.00
Weight: 66 grams
Dimensions: 4.7 cm diameter
Condition: Excellent.

Description: Two sterling silver napkin rings, both shooting trophies for the Natal Rifle Association. The first reads "The Emma Thresh Trophy, 1914, 2nd Prize, won by" surrounding the engraved badge of the NRA, reading "Natal Rifle Association, Semper Paratus, 1868", around a mounted rifleman. We assume the award of this trophy was cancelled due the the start of World War I in 1914. The second reads "Murray-Smith Memorial, 1926, 1st Team", alongside an applied cast shield of the Natal Rifle Association, as described above. The hallmarks are clear on both napkin rings, the first has an additional hallmark "6" in a quatrefoil punch, all suggestions welcome as to the meaning of this additional punch. The Emma Thresh Trophy itself belongs to the Natal Carbineers, South Africa's senior regiment. The trophy itself is 16 kilograms of silver, and was donated in 1903 by Emma Thresh, as the shooting trophy for Colonial Forces. Lieutenant-Colonel William Murray-Smith of the Natal Mounted Rifles saw distinguished service in bothe the Boer War and Great war, he was awarded the Companion of the Distinguished Order and Croix de Guerre. He was an excellent shot, and won the Clark Kennedy Challenge Cup at Bisley during Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, he also led the South African contingent at Bisley on many later occasions (see photo of Murray Smith with magnificent trophy).
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