Commemorative, Historical and Art Medals (6 December 2012)

Date of Auction: 6th December 2012

Sold for £250

Estimate: £300 - £400

ENGLAND, Elcho Challenge Shield (Founded 1862), a silver shield, 104 x 62mm; a plain silver cross, named (Won by Cambridge…Inter University Small Bore Match…June 1871, J.S.C. Kinloch, J.F.H. Bethell, H.S.W. Evans, A.P. Humphrey), 36mm; Cambridge County Ten, China Vase, a small silver cross, 1871-2, named (A.P. Humphrey); Oxford and Cambridge Rifle Match, a silver Cross by W.S. Charles, named (Wimbledon 1872, Oxford and Cambridge Rifle Match, Lieut. A.P. Humphrey, Trin. Coll. Camb.), hallmarked 1872, 69mm; and a red enamel cross [5]. Extremely fine £300-400


Lt-Col Alfred Paget Humphrey MVO, DL, JP (1850-1916), was a leading figure in the world of competitive shooting. He won the Queen's Prize at Wimbledon in 1871 and twice represented Great Britain against the United States. He was the author of First Hints on Rifle Shooting, 1876. He was born in Cambridge, the son of a physician and a prominent university lecturer. In 1881 he established the Humphrey Challenge Cup, a year after the competition was begun in 1880. The Elcho Shield was established by Lord Elcho and competed for between English and Scottish volunteer regiments. Designed by a Mr. Caley, the winning recipients received individual silver copies. The first match, held on Wimbledon Common on 9 July 1862, was won by England and Humphrey was a member of the winning team in 1872. Further photocopied research sold with the lot; see also Lot 1406