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Duke of York’s International Trophy, 1924
An important silvered-bronze winner’s trophy, depicting a motorboat of typical 1920’s form racing across the water, mounted on a swept oak plinth, edged with silvered-bronze dolphins and a presentation plaque inscribed:
Duke of York’s International Trophy, Joint Winner 1924, “Miss Betty” and E. Johnston-Noad.
With a bespoke, chocolate brown calfskin presentation case.
Length: 16 inches (41 cm).
The Duke of York’s International Trophy was presented by His Royal Highness the Duke of York, later King George VI, as an annual challenge for motor boat racing - the winner’s trophy, as this is, being a replica of the original gold event trophy.
The 1924 winner, ‘Count’ Johnson-Noad, was an archetypal 1920s cad, who also won the 1928 event. A Bentley-racing, high-flying charmer, he ran through his inheritance at an impressive rate – to replenish the coffers, he planned and executed a Mayfair diamond heist in 1933, leading to his incarceration at His Majesty’s pleasure for 7 years!