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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
Reference: S1828
Period: George V
Year: 1913
Silversmith: Mappin and Webb
Place: Sheffield
Price: $ 1 450.00
Weight: 549 grams
Dimensions: 27.8 cm height, 16 cm diameter
Condition: Excellent, finial securely in place, nut in full working order. Wooden base also good condition.

Description: An interesting antique silver trophy, the Douglas Trophy, made by the highly regarded firm of Mappin & Webb, presented for Light Weight Hill Climbing. The trophy has an applied medallion of an antique Douglas motorcycle with rider in flat cap, this medallion has a registration number (526485), so the design was protected. The trophy lid features a cast finial, a wheel with 2 feathered wings, very similar to the Bicycle playing cards emblem, this is attached with a silver nut (both finial and nut are hallmarked as well). The trophy has 2 attractive handles, and is engraved "Douglas Trophy, Presented by the Agents, Light Weight Hill Climbing CPT, won by J. van Reenen 25.7.14, F.A.R. Zurcher 5.4.19 and again 28.2.20". As can be seen, the race was interrupted by the Great War of 1914-1918. The trophy is clearly hallmarked (Mappin & Webb, Sheffield 1913), the lid, finial and nut are also hallmarked. Fritz Zurcher was an interesting character, he won the DJ Run in 1920 (the Durban to Johannesburg motorcycle race, see www.djrun.co.za). This particular race is now remembered as the fabled "Snowstorm Derby", the most controversial race in the history of motorcycle sport in South Africa. Douglas Motorcycles were produced between 1907 and 1957, based in Bristol, England. They produced racing motorcycles, were regular winners of the TT, they are also remembered as the first to produce disc brakes. They also achieved a Royal warrant, supplying motorcycles to the Royal Family. Douglas motorcycles also "won undying fame, and fortune, with their performance in World War I, when the company equipped army despatch riders with some 25000 machines - becoming the most important maker of military machines. They also set the record for the Lands End to John O'Groats run in 1911" - The History of British Motoring, A chronicle of classic cars and bikes, 2006, page 44. Note - this trophy also has a heavy wooden base, which will attract extra postage if required.
Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
Douglas Motorcycles antique silver trophy - fritz zurcher, DJ run

Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
Presented by the agents, back of silver motorcycle trophy

Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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Douglas Motorcycles Antique Silver Trophy - Fritz Zurcher - DJ Run
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