Jarvie; STERLING/2033; BEST LOCAL COMBINATION HORSE/INTERNATIONAL LIVE STOCK EXPOSI/WON BY/JOHN R. THOMPSON'S NANCY WALKER
This trophy was designed by Chicago silversmith Robert Jarvie for the president of the Union Stock Yards and Transit Company, who donated it as a prize for the "Best Local Combination Horse" at the 1916 International Livestock Exposition in Chicago. The competition was won by John R. Thompson's horse "Nancy Walker."
The engraving on the bottom of the trophy identifies the contest and winner of the award, the mark "Jarvie Sterling, 2033" is the makers mark for Robert Jarvie and the item number.
This trophy exemplifies the relationship between art, agriculture and commerce as Chicago developed in the early twentieth century. In 1900, the International Livestock Exposition replaced the older "fat stock" show as an annual demonstration of ideal livestock. The Union Stock Yards and Transit Company, which commissioned this trophy, helped build Chicago into a national center of meatpacking at the turn of the century. Robert Jarvie produced a range of items, including this trophy, in his workshop by the Union Stock Yards. The trophy demonstrates the natural design espoused by the Arts and Crafts Movement.