Silver Plated Trophy Cup "California State Fair" c. 1936
This is an original trophy cup from the California State Fair awarded to Yolo County for their county exhibit in 1936. The extra large trophy cup is silver plated with hammered detail on the handles. The trophy base is made from Bakelite and has a medal label inside that reads "International Silver Co. Trophy 1423." There are some dents in the cup itself and the base has some scuff marks, otherwise this piece has appropriate patina for its age.
- CREATOR International Silver Co. (manufacturer)
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1930-1936
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Silver plating, Bakelite.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 20 in. x W 11 in. x D 7.5 in.
In 1854 the California State Legislature created the State Agricultural Society and an exhibit of the state's fruits, vegetables, flowers, grain and livestock, was scheduled for the first time in San Francisco at the Music Hall on Bush Street San Francisco, with the stock being shown at Mission Dolores. $5000 worth of premiums were offered for the best of the show. The fair was held in a different city each year with San Jose, Stockton and Marysville all hosting, before an exhibit hall was built in Sacramento for the fair be given a permanent residence.
The "International Silver Company" was formed in 1898 by various independent New England silversmiths that joined themselves together to form a company that became the world's largest manufacturer of silverware with an authorized capital of $20,000,000.