Tapering cylindrical, the upper and lower rims applied with bands of shells and seaweed, the handle formed as a merman with seaweed hair, the plain domed cover with seashell thumbpiece, engraved on the front NEW YORK YACHT CLUB / WACONDAH CUP / WON BY / AURORA / AUGUST 14TH 1909, marked on underside and numbered 8433-19
13 in. (33 cm.) high
74 oz. 4 dwt. (2,308 gr.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 20-22 January 2006 lot 117.
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The sloop Aurora was owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt III (1873 - 1942), who served as Commodore of the New York Yacht Club from 1906 to 1908. The yacht was a one-design sloop by Nathanael Herreshoff (1848 - 1938), originally a 57-footer but extended to a 65-footer early in 1909. The races of 13 and 14 August, 1909, marked the conclusion of the season, are were to Rockland and Bar Harbor. The following year, 1910, Aurora won the Astor Club for Sloops, the Bennet Cup for Sloops, the Newport Cup and the King's Cup (from John Parkinson, Jr., The History of the New York Yacht Club, New York, 1975).
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