Historic Bascomb Bros Cup remains on EP

HISTORIC: David Bascomb with the historic Bascomb Bros. Cup that was commissioned by his grandfather.
HISTORIC: David Bascomb with the historic Bascomb Bros. Cup that was commissioned by his grandfather.

A historic piece of horse racing memorabilia has remained on the Eyre Peninsula thanks to a generous gesture by the Bascomb family.

The Bascomb Bros. Cup, which now belongs to David Bascomb and his family, was made in 1909 to be presented to a trainer and their horse that won the cup twice.

Joe Johnon’s horse Seglum was the first horse to do so, winning in both 1918 and again in 1920.

Daughter of the late Mr Johnson, May Vivian said the cup had been in the family for 100 years and was the “pride and joy” of her father.

“...we were saddened that it had left the family, even the grandchildren were upset,” she said.

After a family member decided to sell the piece, Mrs Vivian said they were grateful that the cup remained in the area, rather than going interstate.

The creator of the cup was Danish silversmith Joachim Matthias Wendt of Adelaide’s J.M Wendt, who was appointed the Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘Jeweller to His Royal Highness’ after Prince Alfred’s 1867 visit to SA.

David Bascomb purchased the cup at auction in October to ensure the historic piece remained on the Eyre Peninsula.

“There aren’t too many cups like that built around the place,” Mr Bascomb said.

“It was too valuable to let go and we didn’t want to see it go elsewhere but within our family or theirs.

“It’s come full circle, from the original donors to the winning Johnson family and back to our family again.”

Mr Bascomb said the cup would make cameo appearances at special events for the Port Lincoln racing community and Elliston council.

“We’re really happy for it to come back, rather than see it leave the area with someone that it meant nothing to or seeing it melted down,” he said.