Silver Cup

Contributed by Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum

This Light Cavalry Challenge Cup was presented to the officers of the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles by their Commanding Officer in 1900. It is a two handled vase and cover on circular foot chased with acanthus leaves, the body shaped with fluted and beaded neck, with rearing horse handles and shaped domed cover and horse finial. County yeomanries drew their officers from the wealthy and landed gentry and this cup epitomises the flamboyance of these regiments at the end of the Victorian age when social status and style often took precedence over military effectiveness. The horses on the cup echo the white horse rampant which is prominent in both the regimental badge and arms of the County of Kent.

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