Object Detail

Object Name
Chester Regatta Challenge Cup Prize Silver Medal won by E.B. Gibson of Royal Chester Rowing Club, 28th June 1855 [?].

Engraved "The Gift of the Earl of Grosvenor MP" and engraved on reverse, "RCRC 'Victoria' P Mawdsley, E.B Gibson, E Dixon, J.B Littledale, H Roberts Cox. 28th June 1855 ;"

E.B Gibson won this medal in the boat 'Victoria', built by Matthew Taylor of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1854. It is the earliest surviving example of carvel smooth-bottomed construction, created by bringing the keel inboard. Royal Chester used it to win both the Stewards' and the Wyfold challenge cups at Henley in that year. In the following year the club ordered an eight from Taylor in which they won the Grand and the Ladies' Plate. The 'Victoria' is on display in the Rowing Gallery.

Part of the Thomas E. Weil Collection. Thomas E. Weil is a very knowledgeable and respected collector of rowing memorabilia from all over the world. His extensive collection includes material from many years of the Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race, and Henley Royal Regatta. He also lectures and writes on rowing history and is a Trustee of the River and Rowing Museum.
Accession No
The Tom Weil Collection/Rowing
Associated Date
28 Jun 1855
Associated Period
19th century
Associated Event
Chester Regatta
Credit Line
The gift of Thomas E Weil, given in honor of the Arbib family.
28 Jun 1855