THE CHINA CHALLENGE CUP
It will be remembered that the selection of a design for this 500 guinea cup was deferred until the arrival of some drawings sent for by Major Brine, from Hongkong, as it was thought desirable to give the preference to a purely Chinese design should one be found worthy of adoption. Four drawings have lately been received, prepared by various Chinese silversmiths of Hongkong, all of them highly characteristic in treatment, and one of these has been finally selected by the committee. The vase is cup-shaped, supported by three dragons intertwined, on a pedestal of suitable form. Two dragons form the handles, and another, couchant, surmounts the cover. The body of the cup is divided into panels, each filled with scenes of Chinese life, and the general effect is bold and striking. This design, we believe, was originally intended to be used for the cup which is to be presented by the Hongkong Volunteers to Major Brine as a testimonial, in recognition, of his valuable services in organising and commanding that corps. The Hongkong community is , however, not the only one so indebted to Major Brine, as he also organised the Volunteer corps at Hankow, Canton, and Yokohama.
Source: The London and China Telegraph - January 1866