Item #129453 A series of nine photographs depicting various aspects of the 1907 Melbourne Cup, framed as one display. Melbourne Cup 1907.

A series of nine photographs depicting various aspects of the 1907 Melbourne Cup, framed as one display

Nine vintage gelatin silver photographs (two of them 235 × 315 mm, six of them approximately 150 × 205 mm, one 215 × 150 mm), set individually behind captioned windows in a mat board, glazed and in a handsome contemporary wooden frame with an exposed gilt fillet (overall visible contents size 728 × 978 mm, external dimensions 945 × 1200 mm).

The mat and some of the plates are slightly buckled; some silvering-out; trifling edge chips and marks to one plate; the gilt fillet is slightly damaged in one small area; notwithstanding, these are insignificant blemishes that scarcely detract from this rare and impressive display piece.

The photographs are displayed in three rows of three: the captions from left to right, top to bottom are 'The Derby Winner - "Mountain King"'; 'View on the Flat'; 'Poseidon'; 'The Finish'; 'Returning to the scales'; 'The Lawn'; 'Saddling up'; '"Apologue" - Winner'; and 'Leaving the Bird Cage'. Jockey William Evans 'was forced to lose 20 pounds before the race and therefore lost all strength during the race. He fainted whilst riding Apologue yet managed to be carried by the 5 year old Bay through to the end of the race' (races.com.au), with Mooltan second, and Mountain King third. Poseidon had one of the very few failures of his career: 'As a three-year-old in 1906/07, Poseidon had 14 starts for 11 wins, including the Caulfield Cup (in race record time), Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby and AJC Derby. In achieving this, Poseidon became the first horse to complete the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double. In winning the Caulfield Cup again the following year, he also became the first horse to win consecutive Caulfield Cups.... Next was the Melbourne Cup, but as a result of his Caulfield Cup win, Poseidon was given a 10 lb penalty, and had to carry 10 stone 3 pounds (65 kg). The weight told, and Poseidon finished in eighth place with the win going to Apologue who carried only 7 st 9 lb (49 kg)' (Wikipedia).

Item #129453

Price (AUD): $2,500.00