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Cape Colony National Rifle Association Inter Colonial Grand Challenge Silver Shield     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1852
Period: George VI
Year: 1939
Silversmith: Charles S. Green & Co. Ltd
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 240.00
Weight: 101 including wooden stand grams
Dimensions: 11.5 cm * 8 cm (silver only)
Condition: Excellent. Stand hinge in full working order.

Description: A Cape Colony National Rifle Association silver shooting trophy, the Inter Colonial Grand Challenge Shield. The shield is mounted on its original wooden stand, with brass hinge, it also has an additional silver plaque on the back that is engraved "The Grand Challenge Shield 1945". The shield has lovely detail, 6 flags divided by Kings crown, above a ribbon that reads "CAPE COLONY NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION". Below that, the Cape Colony coat of arms with female herald supporters, blowing trumpets. To the right and left Zulu shields and spears above crossed rifles, all above a shooting range scene, with seated adjudicator and spectator with binoculars, surrounded by laurel wreath. The base has a cartouche which reads "INTER COLONIAL GRAND CHALLENGE SHIELD". This shield is also found in white metal and copper, this is a sterling silver version, with a full set of clear hallmarks. It is listed in Laidlaw (Commemorative Medals of South Africa, 1017), it was first produced by Mappin & Webb between 1902 and 1910. Even though the Cape Colony was renamed the Cape Province in 1910 after the Union of South Africa, it appears the National Rifle Association continued to use the same shield for the annual challenge, with the supplier changed to Green & Co, who produced between 1904 and 1986. A few of these shields are known from different years, this was was made in 1939 but only presented in 1945, we presume the interruption caused by WWII. We also assume this shield is a smaller sized replica of the original shield, for presentation to annual winners.
Cape Colony National Rifle Association Inter Colonial Grand Challenge Silver Shield
Cape Colony National Rifle Association Inter Colonial Grand Challenge silver shield

Cape Colony National Rifle Association Inter Colonial Grand Challenge Silver Shield
Cape Colony National Rifle Association Inter Colonial Grand Challenge silver shield

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Cape Colony National Rifle Association Inter Colonial Grand Challenge Silver Shield
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