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Eastern Yacht Club sterling punch bowl trophy

Eastern Yacht Club sterling punch bowl trophy
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awarded to the Schooner Marguerite, the undulating rim comprising twelve cast and applied foliate scrolled panels, the cast circular foot with waves, flowers and foliage, top diameter 11 1/2; base and height each six inches, weight 53.74 Troy ounces, a few very minor dents but excellent overall condition, richly gilt interior, engraved "Annual Regatta / on the 25th Anniversary of the / Eastern Yacht Club / July 17th 1895 / First Prize / Won by / Schooner Marguerite"

Marguerite was designed by the great American naval architect Edward Burgess. Though trained at Harvard as an entomologist, he studied ship design in Europe, and had three successful America's Cup defenders to his name. Born in 1848, the same year as Nathanael Herreschoff, one might speculate that their fame would have been equivalent, had not his life been cut short in 1891 by typhoid fever. Burgess is a member of the America's Cup Hall of Fame. Indeed, during the race for which this trophy was awarded, Marguerite defeated the America's Cup defender Mayflower, and also won the yacht club's fabled Puritan Cup.

A centerboard schooner, (LOA 96.11 ; LAW 79.11; beam 21 feet) Marguerite was built in Boston by the firm of G. Lawley & Son for the New York socialite and real estate heir Richard Suydam Palmer. She was purchased from his estate by the industrialist, philanthropist and native Bostonian Henry W. Lamb. Lamb attended Yale in 1871-2, though it is not clear that he actually graduated. His firm developed a technologically advanced and highly profitable method of lining iron water pipes with a thick interior layer of non-corrodible metal such as tin or zinc. In addition to being an ardent yacht-racing enthusiast, Lamb served the Brookline Public Library as president, board of trustees, and also as director and treasurer of the Brookline Union. Originally a temperance society, this organization provided educational and cultural enrichment to town members who might not otherwise have availed themselves of the same. A legendary member of EYC, Lamb served as Commodore from 1897-99.

Be that as it may, even if you're not a member of the yachting community or a student of American Industrial history, we'd suggest that the purchaser of this punch bowl have a well-stocked larder, as the capacity of 11 pints will require copious amounts of joyful liquid to fill it up!!

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