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1831 - The Beginning

A LOOK BACK AT THE DAWN OF AMERICAN TRAPSHOOTING

THE SPORTSMEN'S CLUB OF CINCINNATI 1831

The first record of this type of shooting in America is found in the history of the Sportsmen's Club of Cincinnati, beginning in 1831, and is good evidence that the Queen City may have been the birthplace of trapshooting in this country. In the early days passenger pigeons were abundant and were used in the sport, but the records of the club indicate it was not uncommon to replace them with English sparrows. The sport quickly spread to other areas. The Long Island, N.Y. Gun Club was formed in 1840 and the New York Sportsmen's Club quickly followed.


Early 1900's photo of shooters in front of clubhouse


THE DAWN OF AMERICAN TRAPSHOOTING

1852 color enhanced photo of clubhouse and grounds


1836 Sterling trophy from the Sportsmen's Club of Cincinnati. This is the oldest known shooting trophy by decades. Unfortunately the trophy is held in private hands.


Marked on underside of bowl "E. Kinsey," an early Cincinnati, Ohio silversmith. The urn shaped bowl is mounted to a round pedestal, set on a square base with four lion paw feet with scrolled wing returns, 4 bands with grapes and vine motif, engraved "Awarded to P. Scheik Esq. for his superior shooting at a Pigeon Match held at Sportsman's Hall September 7th, 1836." 9.6" high x 4.5" high.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 April 2010 07:36