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Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11217
Period: Elizabeth II
Year: 1985
Silversmith: McCallum & Stevens
Place: Cape
Price: $ 190.00
Weight: 34 grams
Dimensions: 3.9 cm diameter
Condition: Excellent, perfectly preserved in original box. Box also in good condition, hinge and clasp working well.

Description: An interesting Royal Cape Golf Club silver commemorative medallion, celebrating it's 100 year anniversary in 1985. The obverse depicts 2 golfers with trees in the background, this is a faithful reproduction of the oldest known photograph showing golf being played in South Africa, which is owned by the Royal Cape Golf Club (see https://www.royalcapegolf.co.za/about). The medallion reads "LT. GEN SIR HENRY D'O TORRENS, FOUNDER OF THE CAPE GOLF CLUB, 14 NOV 1885, FIRST MONTHLY MEDAL, WATERLOO GREEN". The reverse has the logo of the Royal Cape Golf Club, with "100 CENTENARY 1885-1985". The medallion is hallmarked "SILVER", and has the number 115 stamped on the side. The medallion is perfectly preserved in it's original box, which reads "McCallum and Stevens Cape Town". The medallion is good quality and is also a good weight. Henry Torrens (1823-1889) was a British Army officer and Colonial Governor, he served in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was awarded the French Legion of Honour in the Crimean war. He served in the Indian Mutiny, and was GOC (General Officer Commanding) Cork district, Ireland in 1884. He served as Governor of the Cape Colony 1885-1888, where on the 14 November 1885 he chaired a meeting at the Castle "for the purpose of introducing the game of golf and starting a club for the same, thus the Cape Golf Club, the first in South Africa, was born". The photograph commemorated by the medallion (see below) was taken on Waterloo Green in Wynberg Military Camp, the first home of the club (1885-1891, when it moved to Rondebosch Common). In 1888 he was appointed Governor of Malta (where he also established the first golf club), he died the following year 1889 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery.
Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG
Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG

Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG
Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG

Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG
Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG

Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG
Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion 1885-1985

Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG
McCallum and Stevens Cape Town

Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG
Silver hallmark

Royal Cape Golf Club 100 Centenary Silver Medallion - Lieutenant General Sir Henry D'Oyley Torrens KCB KCMG
Silver royal cape medallion original box

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