Trophy, Agricultural, Tea set, Port Phillip Farmer's Society to J and M Mackinto...

Name/Title

Trophy, Agricultural, Tea set, Port Phillip Farmer's Society to J and M Mackintosh

About this object

This sterling silver tea set was awarded by the Port Phillip Farmers’ Society (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) to brothers James and Murdoch Mackintosh, acknowledging their farming successes in 1856 and 1857.

The teapot was awarded for first prizes for a two year old filly, two year old colt, one year old filly, one year old colt, two year old bull and a sample of onions.

The sugar bowl was awarded for second prizes for a two year old colt, one year old colt, second best team at work in the field at the Brunswick ploughing match and again for second best team at work in the field at the Bulla ploughing match.

The milk jug was awarded for second best managed farm containing over 200 acres of cultivated land.

The previous year, 1855, the brothers also won a first prize medal from the same Society for a draught one year old colt. The medal is also in our collection, refer to RI.W2009.3032.

More about James and Murdoch Mackintosh:

In 1840, as boys, James and Murdoch Mackintosh emigrated from Scotland to Port Phillip, Australia (present day Melbourne) with their parents. They successfully farmed in partnership at Moonne Ponds; their partnership ended in 1863 and in 1866 James sold his interests in Australia and immigrated to Southland, New Zealand with his wife Anne and their eight children.

James became a prominent pioneer in the Wallace District after developing large farms called Strathmore, near Otautau, then Mayfield and Gladfield near Drummond. James was also an active politician at both a local and national level, his farming and political careers are summarised in his obituary which appeared in the Western Star on 15 May 1897 and on Wikipedia. Here at Te Hikoi Museum we also have a Mackintosh family research folder.

Maker

Angell, George

Maker Role

Silversmith

Date Made

1856

Period

1850s

Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, silver

Inscription and Marks

Teapot: 'Port Philip Farmers Society Prizes awarded to Messrs J & M Mackintosh Years 1856 & 1857'. 'First Prizes, Gelding, Two Year Filly, Two Year Old Colt, One Year Old Filly, One Year Old Colt, Two Year Old Bull, Sample of Onions'

Jug: 'Port Philip Farmers Society Prizes awarded to Messrs J & M Mackintosh Years 1856.1857'. Second Prizes, Second Best Managed Farm containing over 200 acres of cultivated land'.

Bowl: 'Port Philip Farmers Society Prizes awarded to Messrs J & M Mackintosh Years 1856.1857'. Second Prizes, Two Year Old Colt, One Year Old Colt, Brunswick Ploughing Match, Second best team at work in the field. Bulla Ploughing Match, Second best team at work in the field'.

All three objects bear 5 hallmarks: walking lion (England), leopards head (London), GA (maker's mark George Angell), Gothic A (1855 date mark) and the Queens Head (duty mark). The teapot is also stamped '57'.

Measurements

Jug: h 180 mm x w 95 mm x d 160 mm
Teapot: h 240 mm x w 240 mm x d 150 mm
Bowl: h 140 mm x w 200 mm x d 120 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Agriculture

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Named Collection

Mackintosh Family Collection

Object Type

awards

Object number

RI.W2009.3031

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