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Title Men of Might Tug-of-War Trophy
Date 1893/08/03
Object Name Trophy
Catalog Number 1976.10.5
Description Heavy silver trophy with lip-like top. Ornate floral pattern around middle. Fancy grape leave design on base. Handles have small statues of eagles attached. Reads: "AWARDED TO ZORRA TUG OF WAR TEAM FOR VICTORY AT THE INTERNATIONAL SCOTTISH GATHERING AT CHICAGO, ILL., AUGUST 3, 1893.". Reads: "Pairpoint Mfg. Co." And "Quadruple Plate 3324".
Provenance Tug of war became popular in the 19th century and reached a peak of importance during the 1880s and 1890s throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. The township of Zorra had a tug-of-war team which became world famous in the 1890s. A group of men of Scottish descent from the area quickly succeeded in defeating all others in county competitions. The group, consisting of Alex Clark, William R. Munro, Robert McLeod, Ira Hummason and Robert McIntosh, competed in Chicago in 1890. Due to unfair regulations imposed by the opposing team, they were defeated for the first time. In a rematch which was held the same year at the Embro Fair, the team emerged victorious. At the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893, the group competed against numerous teams from all over North America and Europe. After a heated competition they again emerged victorious. Thus, they became the world champions.
Year Range from 1893
Year Range to 1893
Material Silver
Length (cm) 44.5