Cup, Trophy

Production date
Circa 1890
A sterling silver trophy cup awarded to Chew Chong for best export butter at the South Seas Exhibition, 1889. The cup is goblet shaped with a thin stem and a round base which rests on a raised and turned circular wooden base. The wooden base has a groove around the outside edge which may have been designed to fit a glass dome. " NEW ZEALAND / SOUTH SEAS EXHIBITION / Dunedin 1889-90 / PRESENTED / BY / MESSRS A & T BURT / DUNEDIN " is engraved on one side of the cup. This text is surrounded by an ornate and intricately engraved floral design. " AWARDED / TO / MR CHEW CHONG / Jubilee Dairy Factory / ELTHAM NEW PLYMOUTH / FOR / the best half ton / EXPORT BUTTER / packed suitable for export ". " GMJ " and four hallmarks are stamped onto this side near the lip as well. " 1103 / 580 " and " 5-16-0 / n.p / d. ca . g " are very lightly scratched on the underside of the silver base. The cup is not attached to the wooden base.
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Circa 1890
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This trophy was presented to Chew Chong in 1889 for the best 500kg of export butter at the South Seas' Exhibition in Dunedin. The butter was manufactured at Chong's Jubilee dairy factory on the banks of the Waingongoro River at Eltham. The award confirmed that this enterprise was one of the best in the country. Named for Queen Victoria’s 50th Jubilee, the factory was set up in 1887, after Chong had made an unsuccessful attempt to export barrels of butter to Britain. It quickly set the standard for dairy factory cleanliness and quality of product.
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