Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Voices from the Past: The Ocean City Casting Trophy (1921)

The following article came from the October 26, 1921 Jeweler’s Circular. It covers the creation of a new casting trophy for the Ocean City Fishing Club.

Ocean City Trophy Cup to Be Awarded at Annual Contest in Casting

THE Ocean City Cup, a perpetual trophy for annual competition in casting, which was presented by the citizens of Ocean City, N. J. to the Ocean City Fishing Club, is being displayed by J. E. Caldwell & Co., Juniper and Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, Pa.

The trophy, valued at $1,500, was made by the Caldwell firm to replace the original trophy which was lost in a fire at Ocean City during the past Summer. The new cup which was finished recently, is a replica of the original which was also designed and made by J. E. Caldwell & Co.

The Ocean City Cup is made of sterling silver. It is 37 inches high and fitted with a cover which is artistically chased with decorations of sea shells and sea weeds. Surrounding the cover is a fully modeled figure of a Mermaid who holds in her right hand a conch shell with which she is calling fish to the Ocean City waters, while she holds aloft in her left hand the emblem of the club enameled in proper colors.

The cup is fitted with two handles, one being formed by the fully modeled figure of a Mermaid and the other of a Triton. The Triton holds in his hand a fishing line, which extends to the lower part of the body of the cup where a fish is shown on the end of the line. The Mermaid on the other handle has her hand extended, protesting against the fish being taken from the sea.

Mounted on the upper part of obverse side of the cup is the seal of Ocean City, X. J., surrounded by sprays of laurel, crossed fishing rods and reels. Below the seal is the following title and inscription: "Ocean City Cup, a Perpetual Trophy for annual competition in casting. Presented by Ocean City, New Jersey, to the Ocean City Fishing Club."

On the lower part of the body of the cup is produced by fine chasing a suggestion of the waters of the ocean through which fish are seen swimming. The base is decorated with sea shells, sea weeds and crabs, suggesting the bottom of the ocean; and the four feet on which the cup rests are formed with an ornamentation of scrolls and conventionalized Dolphins' heads. The cup is mounted on an ebonized base.

-- Dr. Todd

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