A silver two-handled cup in the Art Deco style inscribed with the date 1925. It is awarded for Best in Show at the Bradford Championship Show and was first compet- ed for that same year and won by A D Campey.

The T B Mason Memorial Mouse & Rat Cup (Photograph by S Goss)

The cup stands approximately 51⁄4 inches (13cm) high on its plinth and is hallmarked for Birmingham 1924. The maker’s mark is C.S Ld. in a rectangle, which is probably C Smallwood Ltd of Bradford.

[EDIT: Recently Steve Goss had the TB Mason Memorial Mouse & Rat Cup as his Trophy of the Month. Keith Brockhill has unearthed some further information about him. Ed]Along with his colleague’ TJ Ambrose’ ‘TB’ was’ from at least 1891’ when he was de- scribed as a clerk living at Thackley Road’ Idle’ one of the most ubiquitous judges of cavies in the early years of the local Fancy and a very im- portant member of the Wat- mough’s team. Fondly recalled as ‘well known… and ne of the nurses of the Firm in its infancy and guide’ philosopher and friend through its adolescence’ by the Idle historian Wright Watson in his 1950 book Idle- thorpe ’ he worked with JE Watmough to build the firm de- spite an apparent lack of job qualifications. For according to the reminiscences of JE Watmough’s son’ William’ this leading light of the Rabbit fancy was ‘a rough diamond’ whose
knowledge of journalism was nil’ and whose spelling and punctuation were so appalling that ‘most of his copy had to be rewritten’. Despite that he is described as a journalist in the Directories for 1901 and 1906’ eventually becoming the Editor of Fur & Feather. Retiring on 21st June 1909’ to marry Miss Kate Sangster’ Hon Sec of the Southern Counties Cat Club in Croydon’ he then settled in Thornton Heath in Surrey. His former colleagues marked his ‘more than 20 years service’ by presenting him with a ‘handsome smoker’s cabinet’. Like his colleague TJ Ambrose he appeared to be a non- fancier himself.


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