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by Rebecca Emes & Edward Barnard I, London 1825, of campana form, the lower section decorated with repoussé foliage over a textured ground, the upper section with a band of applied trailing vine leaves and grapes over a textured ground, the plain centre section engraved: 'Northallerton Races 1835 The Duke of Leeds The Honble Col. Arden Stewards' with two applied foliate capped acanthus leaf decorated scroll handles, the fully marked slightly domed cover with similar repoussé decoration topped with an applied and cast standing horse finial, raised on a similarly decorated pedestal foot with short knopped column, stamped to the underside of both the cover and body with 'F&C' under a coronet similar to the traditional marks indicating an item from the Fauconberg & Conyers silver collection, maximum height 38cm, 83ozt

Footnote: The North Yorkshire town of Northallerton first staged a 3-day horse racing event on its course near Otterington between Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th October 1765, with £50 prizes offered for each of the 3 races. By the early 1800s ‘Northallerton’ as it was called in racing parlance had become one of the most prestigious race meetings in the North of England. In the 19th century racing calendars, the racecourse was described as, 'A triangular-shaped course, of one-mile round, having easy turns, with a straight run in which is slightly on the rise. The Two-Year-Old course is 6 furlongs. The entire course is situated close to the town centre, with a substantial grandstand from which the whole of the running may be seen.' The local gentry often entered horses for the major cups, and they also acted as stewards of the meeting which drew such large crowds that ‘special patrols and their undivided presence was offered by the Northallerton constables’ At the three-day meeting held between Thursday 8th October and Saturday 10th October 1835, the highlights were the Gold Cup and Stewards' Silver Cup. The chief Stewards at the meeting were the Duke of Leeds and the Honourable Colonel Arden, a philanthropic man who carried out charitable acts around Stockton, Northallerton and Hartlepool. On the second day of the meeting the Silver Cup (50 sovereigns and a silver cup) was contested over 2-mile heats and won, after 3 heats, by the Duke of Leeds’ horse, 'Longinus', carrying his racing colours of chocolate with black cap. In the first heat Longinus beat Durham by a head, while in the second heat there was a dead-heat between Longinus and Durham, so a third, deciding heat, was required and won by Longinus. Friday 9th October 1835 Northallerton Silver Cup (50 sovereigns) over 2-mile heats (a sweepstake of 5 sovereigns each, with 20 sovereigns added) 1: LONGINUS, 3-year-old bay colt by Longwaist out of Young Duchess 7st owned by the Duke of Leeds and ridden by Cartwright 1 1= 1 2: DURHAM, 3 year old bay colt by Lottery 7st owned by Mr Field 2 1= 2 3: MORPETH, 4 year old bay colt by Actaeon 8st 3lbs owned by Mr Dawson 0 3 3 4: UNNAMED brother to Chorister, 3 year old bay colt 8st 3lbs owned by Mr Smith 0 4 wdr 5: WINKLEY, 3 year old bay colt by Velocipede 7st owned by Mr Wilson 0 wdr 6: OPODELDOC, 4 year old brown colt 8st 3lbs owned by Mr Hutchinson 0 wdr Meetings continued for over 100 years before a final meeting took place on Friday 22nd October 1880. Today the former site is covered by County Hall, County Offices and Broomfield Primary School. George William Frederick Osborne, 6th Duke of Leeds, KG, PC (21 July 1775 – 10 July 1838), was a British peer and politician. In 1799, he succeeded his father in the Dukedom of Leeds. Leeds was appointed Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire in 1802, a post he held until his death. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1827 and made a Knight of the Garter shortly after. In May of that year he entered George Canning's government as Master of the Horse. He continued in this office under Lord Goderich and under the Duke of Wellington. He also was Governor of Scilly. Leeds was an avid racehorse trainer and there is a plaque dedicated to him at Middleham stables. Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Pepper Arden, 3rd Baron Alvanley (8 December 1792 – 24 June 1857) was a British Army officer and peer. As a young man, he was one of a circle of friends surrounding William Wilberforce. He served with the 15th Hussars regiment in the Peninsular War from February 1813 to April 1814. Arden fought at the battles of Morales, Vittoria, Orthez and Toulouse and received the service medal for the latter three. He transferred into the Coldstream Guards as a Captain and later Lieutenant-Colonel. However, he sold out and retired from the army on 4 June 1829 and devoted his time to charitable work. (With thanks to John Slusar and Michael Sanders and his team for their research)

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