A Victorian vase-shaped silver-gilt cup and cover, by James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield, 1876.

The cup, with winged dragon handles, is engraved “Northumberland Agricultural Society Show 1879” and a lengthy inscription awarding the cup to the entire herd of dairy shorthorn cattle bred by William Alleyne, 3rd Marquess of Exeter on the Home Farm at Burghley. It was a prize-winning herd and many individual animals won national awards, but it was unusual for an entire herd to be so recognised.

REFERENCE: SIL04676

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