Brass Plated Trophy Cup San Francisco Yacht Club c. 1930s
This is an original Art Deco trophy cup from the San Francisco Yacht Club. It is engraved "Commodore Clifford A. Smith Trophy Star Class Won by Pam Goeffry Castle". The large trophy cup is brass plated with Art Deco detail on the handles. The trophy base is made from Bakelite and has no maker's mark. The piece has appropriate patina for its age. There is light wear on the cup plating and the base has very minor scuff marks.
- CREATOR Unknown, USA.
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1930s
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Brass Plating, Bakelite.
- CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 10 in. x W 5 in. x D 4 in.
The San Francisco Yacht Club (SFYC) was established in 1869 and is the oldest yacht club on the Pacific Coast of North America. Commodore Clifford A. Smith was one of the club's early prominent members and is attributed to securing its location in Belvedere Cove. Smith also served as Commodore of the club in 1926 and again in 1933-36.
The Star Class is a one-design racing class that was founded in 1911. Initially 22 Stars were built. Since then the rig has been improved and modernized several times, but the hull design remains unchanged. With over 160 local fleets in 27 countries, it is considered the world’s greatest racing class. Approximately 8,000 Stars have been built to date.