Auction Date: 2/09/2014 at 01pm
Ephemera – pedestrianism a finely crafted horn drinking cup with hallmarked silver rim, and octagonal plaque bearing the legend : ‘This horn was presented to John West by his friend for his manly conduct as a Pedestrian in the year 1828.’ Silver needs a little clean but otherwise in fine condition. Approx 125mm high and 90mm diameter. A remarkable momento of a long gone sport, which in its day was the subject of considerable activity and gambling. Pedestrianism was the sport of men walking considerable distances in specific timescales – gamblers bet considerable amounts of money on whether the Pedestrian would achieve his goal or not. In some instances Pedestrians walked many hundreds of miles. With other forms of sport taking over during the 19th c, Pedestrianism gradually died out – but echoes of the sport still exist with the long distance walking events in the Olympics and other international athletics games.