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International Prize Cup for Riflemen

Source: The Illustrated London News, June 26, 1875, p.616

The proprietors of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News have placed at the disposal of the committee who have the management of the forthcoming contest between the American and Irish teams of riflemen a splendid silver cup, value one hundred guineas, to be shot for according to conditions to be hereafter decided. The cup, which has been specially manu­factured by Messrs. Streeter, of 18, New Bond-street, is of massive silver. It is of the Saxon period, with finely-chased descriptive battle-scenes in medallion on each side. The other portions of the cup are chased to match, and enriched with repousse work. On the top is a finely-modelled figure of Victory. The ebonised base has silver ornaments and shields corresponding in design, representing the international match between the American and Irish Rifle Volunteer teams.

The American riflemen were hospitably entertained at Dublin. On Saturday they were feasted at the Vartry Reservoir by the chairman of the waterworks committee of the Dublin Corporation. On Monday they were taken out for a marine excursion in the steam-yacht of the Irish Lighthouse Commissioners. There was also, at the Dublin Exhibition Palace, a grand assault-at-arms, in honour of these American visitors.

In a preliminary match, the competition for the Long Range Challenge Cup of the Dublin Shooting Club, ten American riflemen and fourteen Irishmen took part. This Cup was won by an Irishman, Mr. Rigby, with 135 points; Mr. Hamilton was second, with 132 points; Mr. Fulton, an American, made 131 points.

Silver Cup

The "Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News" Cup,
to be shot for by the Irish and American Rifle Teams.