Herewith are some pics of a Challenge Shield of some considerable size (about 2.5feet wide by some 3.5 feet high) mounted on the wall of the rooms of one of the Sydney based clubs affilliated with the New South Wales Rifle Association. The sentiments of the shield are quite obvious and it is dated 1899-1900. The shield appears to have been made of electroplated bronze and it exhibits liberal amounts of Brasso in the many crevices. The Captain of the YORKSHIRE Rifle Club (originally formed in the 1890's from chaps of Yorkshire descent) advised me of the shield only last week when he heard of my forthcoming SA battlefield tour later this year.
Regretfully, the terms and conditions of the ATKINS-YORKSHIRE Challenge Shield have been lost in the sands of time; along with the winners thereof.
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Over the years I have found six of the vignettes from this shield, showing that at least two examples were made. The extent of the polishing suggests that the vignettes were separated into pairs many years ago.
A postcard, published in South Africa in 1905 or 1906, depicts the version now held by the Yorkshire Society Rifle Club. It was then called the "South African War Shield". The Yorkshire Society of New South Wales was founded on 23rd July 1907. Mr W. Atkins was on the founding committee (Sydney Evening News, 27th July 1907).
The original silver version of the South African War Shield was designed by sculptor George Halliday (active 1888-1912), and was made at Messrs. R.F. Mosley & Co., Portland Works, Randall Street, Sheffield.
An article in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph (31st July 1902) explains that the shield is to be sent to London and “it is likely that it will shortly be on view at the South Kensington Museum [V&A] …. Castings have been taken, and copies are to be made by the newest electrotype process”.
I wonder whether the original is still in the V&A collection?
Since my last post, I have come across more electrotype vignettes from this shield. These are in period frames, suggesting that the scenes could be purchased separately.