The Garrison Cup c 1879
16.5 x 10"
Robert Hendery was the most prominent silversmith in the last half of the 19th c in Quebec. His decision to recruit skilled silversmiths trained in prominent European shops allowed him to compete directly with more ambitious imported silverwares, particularly presentation pieces. His worked was commissioned by several retailers in Quebec, Ontario and even Tiffany in New York. The Garrison Cup is amongst the largest examples of presentation silver I could find by Hendery, and it relates to several trophies of similar form made around the same time. The most prominent comparable is "The Hunt Cup '' frequently exhibited in a large case dedicated to Hendery's silver at the National Gallery and illustrated on page 75 of "Presentation Pieces and Trophies in the Birks Collection".
Hendery appointed this trophy with several prominent features relevant to a military presentation piece. The base is adorned with mounted officers, the cup supported by three waving flags, the cup engraved with a cannon and crossed rifles. While I have not been able to pin down the entire history of the inscription, the recipient is listed as a soldier in the 4th Royal Rifles. There is a Garrison Club in Quebec City beside the Plains of Abraham that was created around 1879 as a social club where French and English soldiers could enjoy their downtime. If this club hosted a cup in its first year, it would seem fitting to order a spectacular presentation trophy to celebrate.
Domville Family, Quebec
Private Collection, Halifax