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Sterling silver claret jug and case

Date: 1860s
Dimensions:
335 x 130 x 130 mm, 910 kg
Medium: Sterling silver
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Francis Pinel
Object Name: Jug
Object No: V00034277
Place Manufactured:England

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    Description
    This sterling silver claret jug was presented to John Pinel Esquire by the Committee of the Sydney, New South Wales Anniversary Regatta of 1863. Pinel placed his ship TIP TREE at the committee's disposal and offered valuable aid contributing to the general success of the Regatta held in Sydney on 26 March 1863 .

    The claret jug was made in England by S Smith and W Nicholson and is decorated with a silver filigreed and grapevine pattern. The jug has a fine mouth and attached lid.
    SignificanceThis jug is representative of 19th century Australian regatta presentations.
    HistoryRegattas were central to competitive boating in the 19th century and functioned as a social and sporting occasion as well as a marker of official anniversaries in a public aquatic spectacle. Civic leaders, politicians and merchants offered patronage and sponsorship. Community regattas often featured several races, including rowing, sculling and sailing events usually for professional watermen and amateurs. The regatta was not just a means for exercising competitive sport but also a focus for social and recreational entertainment in Sydney. Sites around the foreshore provided a place for spectators to gather and have picnics, while night time entertainment was provided with dances and recitals.

    The Anniversary Regatta was first held in 1837 after a group of citizens from Sydney decided to celebrate the landing of the First Fleet on 26 January 1788. The regatta consisted of rowing and sailing races and always had a flagship, usually a merchant ship or passenger liner. This social and sporting event was very popular with the public who took picnic refreshments to the foreshore and attended balls and recitals in the evening.
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