Paperweight Commemorating the 1908 Victory of the Locomobile Company at the Vanderbilt Cup Races

Summary

The Vanderbilt Cup, held from 1904 to 1916, was America's first internationally-prominent automobile race. European-built cars dominated the competition until 1908, when Connecticut-built Locomobile Old 16 won with driver George Robertson. The victory was a milestone for the American automobile industry, proving that cars manufactured in the United States were every bit as good as their foreign rivals.

The Vanderbilt Cup, held from 1904 to 1916, was America's first internationally-prominent automobile race. European-built cars dominated the competition until 1908, when Connecticut-built Locomobile Old 16 won with driver George Robertson. The victory was a milestone for the American automobile industry, proving that cars manufactured in the United States were every bit as good as their foreign rivals.

Artifact

Paperweight

Date Made

1909

Subject Date

1908

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2000.33.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Silver (Metal)

Technique

Plating (Metal coating)

Dimensions

Height: 4 in

Diameter: 2.5 in

Inscriptions

Vanderbilt Cup Won by Locomobile Co. 1908 underside: Forbes Silver Co. U.S.A. Quadruple 1048 X

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