The America's Cup Trophy. Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget.
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On Sunday, June 2, the America's Cup will be on display for one day only, from 9:30 am to 5:15 pm, in the Legion of Honor's Gallery 12! Come see and have your photo taken with this renowned icon of the sailing world before or after visiting Impressionists on the Water.
The America's Cup was first contested in 1851—when it was known as the One Hundred Pound Cup—when the yacht America, from the New York Yacht Club, beat 15 British yachts in a race around the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England.
Made by the Crown Jeweler Robert Garrard from sterling silver in 1848, it became known as the America's Cup when the owners of America donated it in 1857 as a "perpetual challenger trophy to promote friendly competition amongst nations."
Originally the trophy was 22 inches tall, but it was extended in the 1950s and the 1990s to allow further engraving of the match results.