Early Bradford Football Club Trophy comes to light

A piece of Bradford’s sporting history is to be offered for auction in Tennants Auctioneers’ Summer Fine Art Sale on 15 July in their Leyburn salerooms. The Victorian silver ewer was presented to Harry Wharfedale Tennant Garnett by the Bradford Football Club on the 24 November 1880. The ewer has been passed down through the family of Harry Garnett, and has never been seen on the market before.

The ewer was presented during the early days of the club’s history when they played Rugby Union, before they converted to rugby league in 1895, and subsequently switched to football in 1907.

Harry Garnett (1851-1928) was a rugby player of some standing, having played for and captained both Bradford F.C and Yorkshire Wanderers as well as winning a cap for England in 1877. After retiring from active playing, he became a rugby union official in the early 1890s. It is thought that the ewer may have been presented to him as captain, to mark the club’s move to a permanent ground in Park Avenue, Bradford.

The ewer is being offered with an estimate of £700-1,000 (plus buyer’s premium) as part of Tennants’ Summer Fine Art Sale, which comprises 1,100 lots of fine glass, ceramics, Asian art, works of art, silver, watches, jewellery, clocks, barometers, rugs, furniture, paintings and 20th century design.

The catalogue will be available online leading up to the sale at www.tennants.co.uk.
Alternatively, please contact the auction house on 01969 623780 or enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk.