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The cup takes a cylindrical shape, and is chased and embossed with a baccanial mask on one side and a cartouche on the other side, with an inscription to commemorate the winner of a horse race. The cup dates from 1833 but the inscription from 1871, and it reads 'Brown Bess, winner of the United Hunt Stakes Beaufort Hunt Steeplechases, April 3rd 1871, Ridden by Sir Thomas Dancer Bart'. The cup has twin loop handles with a silver caryatid mounted on to the top of each handle.
William Ker Reid (1787-1868) was an English silversmith and a partner of Reid & Sons, an important Newcastle-based silversmith house founded by his father, Christian Ker Reid (1756-1834). In 1812 he left the Newcastle business and set up his own silvermaking firm in London. He eventually split from Reid & Sons in 1858, having founded W.K. Reid & Son in 1847.
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