REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS - 1890

This is compiled from reports of the early British cat shows collected from various newspapers and show catalogues.

1890 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW

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CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE – The Times, October 22, 1890.
The National Cat Show was opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace, and was very largely attended. It is obvious that these show* cannot vary very much in character from year to year; but the present is, nevertheless, remarkable for two or three reasons. In the first place, it is the largest cat show ever held at the Crystal Palace, the entries numbering 547. The authorities have, therefore, been well advised in changing the locality of the show, and it must be admitted that it is far more conveniently situated, as well as far more effective, in its present position in the North Nave than would have been the case had it been relegated to one of the galleries, where it has been customary to hold its predecessors. Another point upon which the management and the secretary (Mr. G. S. Venables) are to be congratulated is the admirable way in which the show has been disinfected. This is always a difficulty with such exhibitions, and on the present occasion it has been completely overcome. There are no very special features in the show itself. The classes are almost all well represented, and, as usual, the cats are the object of much curiosity and solicitude on the part of the visitors. The following exhibitors were awarded special prizes:
For the best short-haired cat in the exhibition (irrespective of class), Mr. H. Young (No. 1);
For the best long-haired cat in the exhibition (irrespective of class), Miss L. Abbott (No. 186);
For the best long-haired cat in the show, Miss L. Abbott (No. 186);
For the best cat in classes 22 and 28, Mrs. H.B. Thompson (No. 197);
For the best pair of self-coloured long-haired kittens, under three months old, in classes 32 and 33, Miss Walker (No. 242);
For the best pair of self-coloured long-haired kittens, between three and six months old, in classes 34 and 35, Mr. R. Taylor (No. 270);
For the best cat in classes 1 to 8 inclusive, Mr. H. Young (No. 1); For the best cat in classes 9 to 18 inclusive, Mrs. H. Young (No. 77);
For the best two kittens in class 19, Mr. G. Lister (No. 122);
For the best cat in classes 20 to 25 inclusive, Miss F. Moore (No. 171);
For the best cat in classes 26 to 31 inclusive, Miss L. Abbott (No. 186);
For the best two kittens in classes 32 to 35 inclusive, Miss Walker (No. 242); for the best cat in classes 37 to 40 inclusive, Mrs. Carr (No. 342);
For the best cat in classes 41 to 44 inclusive, Miss Boddington (No. 356);
For the best cat in classes 45 to 53, class 50 excepted, Mrs. Haycraft J (No. 539).
The show will be continued to-day.

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CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Evening Standard, 22nd October 1890
The Crystal Palace Company's twenty-second National Cat Show was opened yesterday, and, as usual, attracted a great deal of interest. There were between five and six hundred entries, and the animals were exhibited in a marquee at the south end of the Nave. In addition to the money prizes, nine silver medals and other articles were offered by the Company, and several artistically-mounted emu egg vases and cups by Mr. A. A. Clarke, Treasurer of the National Cat Club. Almost without exception, the cats shown were most beautiful and interesting representatives of the tribe, and the variety of their breeds may be judged from the fact that there were no fewer than fifty-four distinct classes. The silver medallists included a superb tortoiseshell, eighteen months old, belonging to Mrs. H. Young; a splendid silver tabby of a little less than six months, owned by the same lady; a couple of short-haired kittens - "Orange" and "Sandy" (the names denoting the colour of the coats) - sent by Mr. G. Lister; a silver tabby, which has taken quite a number of prizes at other shows, sent by Miss F. Moore; and Miss L. Abbott's " Beauty," a cat born in Bombay two years ago, which took a first prize at the Palace last year, and to whose honours were yesterday added a silver medal, a first prize, and Mr. Clarke's special prize of the silver-mounted emu egg. Other silver medallists were Miss Walker's nine-week-old long-haired kittens, which took another of Mr. Clarke's emu egg trophies; Mrs. H. B. Thompson's blue Persian, which has a long list of honours, and which, in addition to the medal, won the third of Mr. Clarke's prizes (the two principal of which have to be won three times before becoming the property of the exhibitor): Mrs. Carr's beautiful Siamese, a buff with dark points; Miss Boddington's long-haired white; and Mrs. Haycraft's black and brown tabby. The only cat shown in the class for weight only was the gelded "Sir Tommy," sent by Mr. Wood, which deserves special notice, as being perhaps one of the most enormous cats ever seen. The judges were Mr. Harrison Weir. Mr. Jenner Weir, and Mr A. A. Clarke, Mr. G. Billett, and Mr. G. H. Billett, jun., and they had no easy task to decide on the merits of the household pets which had been sent from far and near. The show will close this evening.

CAT SHOW IN LONDON. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 22nd October 1890
The 22nd National Cat Show at the Crystal Palace was opened yesterday. There are nearly 550 entries. Mrs. H. Young, of Harrogate, who had 11 entries, exhibited the finest short-haired male tortoiseshell cat, and was awarded a silver medal and three other prizes; Mr. G. Lister, Harewood, near Leeds, silver medal and first prize for the best couple of short-haired kittens; Miss F. Moore, Beckenham, silver medal and first prize for the best long-haired male silver tabby; Miss L. Abbott, Brockley, silver medal, special, and first prizes for the best long pure white female cat, the same lady being also awarded the challenge vase (which has to be won three times) for the best cat in the whole show.

NATIONAL CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 22nd October 1890
The twenty-second annual cat show was opened at the Crystal yesterday. There are a fair number of entries from the northern counties, and among these, from some reason or other, Darlington occupies a conspicuous place. Local awards are as under:
Short Haired He Cats - Tortoiseshell - 1 and silver medal, Mrs. H. Young, Harrogate.
Brown Tabby – 1,. T. Hardy, Darlington; 2, F. Auckland, Goole.
Blue or Silver - 2, Mrs. H. Young, Harrogate.
Spotted Tabby - 1, Mrs. H. Young, Harrogate
Other Varieties – 1, Mrs. H. Young, Harrogate ; 2 Mrs. C. Heslop, Darlington.
Short Haired She Cats – Tortoiseshell - 2. J. Wood. Darlington. very highly commanded, Mrs. E. M. Merritt, Beverley; highly commended, Mrs. M. A. Welsby, Southport.
Tortoiseshell, white - Very highly commended, C. C. Parkin, Hillsborough, Leeds.
Brown Tabby - 1. F. Auckland, Goole.
Blue or -Silver Tabby - 1 and silver medal, Mrs. H. Young, Harrogate.
Red Tabby - Very highly commended, T. Wade, Leeds; highly commended. K. Hutchinson, Darlington.
Other Varieties – 1, Mrs. H. Young, Harrogate.
Short-haired Kittens - 1 and silver medal, G. Lister, Harewood; 2, G. Piercy. Darlington.
Long-haired He Cats, pure white – 2, Mrs H. Warner, Northallerton.
Black – 1, Mrs H. Warner, Northallerton,
Brown Marked Tabby – 3, Miss Southam, Blrkdale; 3, Miss Jeff, Rotherham.
Blue or silver Tabby - Very highly commended, Mrs. Yarborough, Doncaster.
Other Varieties - 2, H. Young, Harrogate.
Long-haired She Cats, pure white - 3. Mrs. H. Warner, Northallerton. The 1st prize, silver medal, special and challenge vase was taken in this class Miss L. Oliver.
Black – 1, Mrs. H. Warner, Northallerton.
Blue - 2, T. Young, Darlington.
Brown or Red Tabby – 1, Miss Bloomfield, Moortown, Leeds.
Blue or Silver Tabby – 1, Miss F. Moore, Leeds.
Long-haired Kittens - 1 and special, R. Taylor, Darlington; 3, F. Deighton, Shipley; very highly commended, Messrs Wardell & Downs, Stockton on-Tees, and K. Hutchinson, Darlington.
Long-haired Tabby Cat - 1, A. J. Forrest, Burnley; 3, S. Wilkinson, Fosdyke.
Long haired Cat, other varieties - Very highly commended - Mrs H. Warner, Northallerton.
Tabby - 3, Mrs R. Risbey, West Hartlepool.
Any other colour – 1,. J. Watson, Knaresborough.
Shorthaired Kittens, any colour - 1, J. Watson, Knaresborough; highly commended. W. Welford, Hartlepool.
Long-haired Cat, any colour - Very highly commended, J. Bird, Darlington.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Morning Post, 22nd October 1890
Lovers of the "harmless, necessary cat," who did not attend the 22d show which opened at the Crystal Palace yesterday, will do well to pay a visit before this evening, when the exhibition closes. There are nearly 550 cages, containing a collection of feline pets to meet every variety of taste, in point both of size and colour, and the crowds which inspected them yesterday were not sparing of remarks expressive of admiration and envy. Besides the ordinary class prizes there were a number of special awards, including silver medals and pieces of plate given by the Palace Company. The honours of the show go to Mrs. H. Young, of Harrogate, who sends 11 cats and wins five first prizes, two silver medals, and one special prize, all in the short-haired classes. Miss F. Moore, of Beckenham, takes three firsts for cats of the long-haired variety, in which classes Mrs. H. Warner, of Northallerton, secures a couple of firsts. There are also special sections for cats belonging to working men. A heroine of many shows, a blue Persian named Winks, who has taken already three firsts and the challenge vase at the Crystal Palace last year, now adds two more to her long list of honours, securing a first prize and a special award. She is the property of Mrs. H. B. Thompson, of Islington. The show, all round, is of excellent quality, especially amongst the Persians and the cats whose points are size and weight.

CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. London Daily News, 22nd October 1890
The Crystal Palace Company's twenty-second great national Cat Show was opened yesterday, and is larger by some five-and-twenty exhibits than any of its predecessors. There are fifty-four classes, and five hundred and forty-seven entries. The judges were Mr. Harrison Weir, Mr. J. Jenner Weir, Mr. A. A. Clarke, Mr. George Billett, and Mr. G. H. Biilett. Among the short-haired he-cats, first prizes were taken by Mrs. H. Young's Nemo (tortoiseshell), Mr. J. Hardy’s Jammy (brown tabby), Miss Frances' Bobby (silver grey tabby), Mr. W. Letts' Joe (red tabby), Mr. R. T. Babb's Gem (spotted tabby), Miss P. Bowling's Smut (black), Mr. J. Childe's Bob (Manx), and Mrs. H. Young's Rufus (red ticked). Short- haired she cats taking first prizes were Mr. Martin's Tibb, Mrs. Harris’s Peggy, Mr. F. Auckland's Tib, Mrs. H. Young’s Shelley, Miss Mayhew's Darling, Mr. R . T. Babb's Tiddles, Mrs. P. Cooper's Polly, Miss M. A. Wellman's Minnie, Mr. G. Long's Jumie, and Mr. G. Lister's Orange and Sandy.

There were some keen competitions in the classes f or long-haired. cats, and among the cat owners taking first prizes were Miss Bullpitt, Miss Simpson, Miss E. Hemming, Miss F. Moore, Miss L. Abbott, Mrs. H. B. Thompson, Miss Bloomfield, Miss Walker, and Mr. R. Taylor. One class was "for weight only," and the first prize was taken by the only entry, Mrs. Mood's Sir Tommy, a great animal eight years old, which has taken the prize for weight on previous occasions. For short-haired Gelder cats, awards were taken by Mrs. R. Scott's Fluff, Mr..T. Weightman's Samson, Miss Stuart's Toby, and Mrs. Carr's Tom; and for long-haired Gelder cats by Miss A. Coulson's Tim, Miss Boddington's Ba Ba, Mr. A. J. Forrest's Thomas, and Miss F. Moore's Ephimbo. A number of the prizes were offered for cats belonging to working men, and in these classes there was no lack of competitors of merit. Beyond the ordinary awards, nine medals were competed for, as well as a number of special prizes, some of which were given by the Crystal Palace Company, and some by Mr. A. A. Clarke, treasurer to the National Cat Club. During the morning, a number of sales were effected. The show will remain open today.

CATS AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Globe, 22nd October 1890
In comparison with previous exhibitions, the Cat Show opened yesterday at the Crystal Palace is somewhat larger, and certainly quite as attractive. The feline pets displayed in competition are of every conceivable class, from the proud Angora to the common backyard genus, and many are really remarkable for their marking and colouring. Most persons are totally ignorant of the “points” of a cat, regarding the animal only as a necessary nuisance, yet the present exhibition proves conclusively that all London cats should not be condemned, even though the majority are disturbers of midnight peace. Of course, at the Crystal Palace, as at all other places where cats congregate, the bard's assertion that “Let Hercules himself do what he may, the cat will mew,” is practically illustrated by hundreds of feline mouths; but the plaintive notes are not unmusical, and those who attend the show will find much that is interesting among the exhibits. The entries, which number nearly 600, include Persians, Manxes, long-haired and short-haired of every breed, from the patrician pure white to the prowling tabby. One the best cats in the show is “Beauty,” a white, long-haired animal, belonging to Miss L. Abbot, which took first prize at last year's exhibition. This year the judges, besides bestowing the same honour upon it, have awarded it a silver medal, the challenge vase presented by Mr. A. A. Clarke, and also the special prize offered by the Palace Company.

Among the short-haired cats, the sleek tortoiseshell Nemo, the property of Mrs. H. Young, has won a silver medal, as well as first prize and also a special prize. A strangely-marked pet, which attracts a good deal of attention, is the Siamese Tom, belonging to Mrs. Carr. It is buff, with dark points, and although a very uncommon-looking animal it has been successful in gaining a silver medal and the first prise in its class. There are very few entries of black Persians, which may be accounted for by the comparative rarity of the species, but Miss A. Coulson’s Tim, which for several years has been a prominent feature of the show, has been awarded first honours. There are not many white short-haired cats, but that of Mr. T. Weightman is of a pure colour, and thoroughly deserves the prize awarded it. Smoke and blue Persians are numerous, although these varieties are seldom seen in England, the best in the blue class being Winks, the property of Mrs. H. B. Thompson, to whom a silver medal is awarded. The brown, red, blue and silver long-haired tabbies are mostly animals of merit, and the tortoiseshells of the same variety are fairly numerous class.

The number of kittens shown appears slightly in excess of previous years, and for the two best longhaired six months old, without markings, the first prize is awarded to Mr. R. Taylor. As may be imagined, the majority of the cats entered by working men are of the Grimalkin order, with fierce-whiskered tabbies predominating. Although several are plump, well-cared for animals which have deservedly gained prizes, many are absolutely without any merit beyond perhaps commendable capacity for mousing, and an aggravating proclivity for prowling in neighbours’ gardens. The show, which remains open until tonight, is, however, well worth visit.

THE CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 24th October 1890
The cat show at the Crystal Palace on Tuesday was a curious spectacle. Each feline was in a separate cage, which, being left to the Palace authorities was comfortably littered with clean straw, and provided with a tin saucer of milk. But evidently decoration was at the option of the owners, for it was observed that several were most sumptuously lodged. One cage was hung round with pale blue curtains, and its inmate, a splendid white Persian, reposed on a cushion of satin and lace. Others contained cushions and rugs of various hues, all seemingly selected with a view to setting off to the best advantage the animate fox which they were put.

CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW. South London Press, 25th October 1890
The Crystal Palace Company's twenty-second annual Cat Show was held Tuesday and Wednesday, it being the collection of our feline pets ever brought together. There were 547 entries, divided into 54 classes and they made a goodly show in a large marquee in the north nave of the Palace. Animals were sent from all parts of the country to the exhibition; but the South London entries were very numerous, and took many prizes. The special prize for the best long-haired cot the show was taken Miss L. Abbott, of Brockley, and the prize for the heaviest cat (25 lb.) was taken by Mrs. Moody, of Camberwell. The show attracted a large number of visitors on both days. The judges were Messrs. Harrison Weir, J. Jenner Weir, A. A. Clark. G. Billett, and G. H. Billett, and their task was by no means an easy one. The following is a complete list of South London exhibitors, with the awards gained by them:
Miss L. Abbott, 61, Cranfield-road, 1st and three special prizes, Class 24- pure white.
Mr. Adams, 35, Anerley Vale, Norwood, commended, Class 47 – tabby.
Mr. R Agate, 96 Woodbine Grove, Penge, very highly commended, Class 50 – short-haired kittens.
Mrs. Alexander, 29, Oakfield-road, very highly commended, Class 47- tabby.
Mrs. Alexandra, 23, George-street, Gipsy Hill, highly commended, Class 47 - tabby.
Miss Anders, 33, Peak Hill Gardena, Sydenham, very highly commended, Class 7 - Manx.
Mr. T. Anderson, The Mayblossom, Crystal Palace Station-road, Upper Norwood.
Miss Andrews, Yarrow Stables, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 50 – short-haired kittens.
Mrs. J. C. Angier, Blenheim Lodge, Eltham-road, Lee, highly commended, Class 23 – brown or red tabby.
Mrs. T. A. Arthur, 1, Oak Villas, Gipsy-road, West Norwood.
Mrs. Attfield, 59, Albert-road. South Norwood, very highly commended, 47 - tabby.
Mr. R. Babb, 1, Laurel Grove, Penge, 1st, Class 14 - spotted tabby.
Mr. Bache, 13, Chapel-road, West Norwood.
Mr. W. Baker, 51, Pridham-road, Thornton Heath.
Mrs. Barnes, Furze-road, Thornton Heath, 3rd, Class 40 - white.
Mr. H. C. Baxter, 11, Westow-street, Upper Norwood, 2nd, Class 39 - black, or black and white.
Mr. B. Bedward, 12, Belvedere-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 48 - black.
Mrs. Bedward, Tudor House, Belvedere-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 39 - black, or black and white.
Mrs. A. W. Bernan, 28, Dartmouth-road, Forest Hill, very highly commended, Class 40 – red tabby and white.
Miss L. Berridge, 50, Ondine-road, East Dulwich.
Mr. W. H. Billings, 18, Crystal Terrace, Oxford-road, Upper Norwood, 3rd, Class 45 - black and white.
Mrs. Binckes, Hillside, Overhill-road, Dulwich, 3rd, Class 14 - spotted tabby.
Mr. G. Bird, 5, Bradford-road, Wells-road, Sydenham, 3rd, Class 6 - black.
Miss A. Bowling, Central Hill, Norwood.
Miss P. Bowling, Central Hill, Norwood, 1st, Class 6 - black.
Mr. C. Bowthorpe, 153, High-street, West Norwood, 2nd, Class 2 - brown tabby.
Mr. H. Breeden, 21, Freke-road, Lavender Hill, Wandsworth, 3rd, Class 44 - blue and silver.
Miss D. E. Bretherton, The Elms, Westgate-road, Beckenham.
Miss A. Brigden, Crown Hill, Norwood, very highly commended, Class 7 - Manx.
Miss A. Brunker, Grosvenor Lodge, Colby-road, Gipsy Hid, 2nd, Class 15 - black, or black and white.
Mrs. C. A. Bubble, 162, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Miss Buckingham, 1, Colby-road, Gipsy Hill, commended, Class 19 - kittens, tabbies.
Mr. W. Bulford, 21, Dallas-road, Wells-road, Sydenham.
Mr. J. Bull, 48, Maple-road, Penge, highly commended, Class 40 – tabby.
Miss Bullpitt, Whitley House, Aaerley.road, 1st, Class 2- pure white.
Mr. H. G. Bunn, 28, Sainsbury-road, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. J. Burgees, Surrey Mews, Hamilton-road, West Norwood, very highly commended, Class 52 - dark tabby.
Mrs. J. Butler, Beechview, 194, Croydon-road, Anerley.
Mrs. A. Byford, 22, Hanover-street, Sydenham, Class 46 – tabby and white.
Mr. R. R. Cannon, 15, Anerley-road,
Mrs. Carr, 5, Trewsbury-road, Sydenham, 1st and silver model, Class 40 - Siamese.
Mr. W, Chance, 271, Stansted-road, Forest Hill.
Mrs. De Cbapeauronze, Grovehurst, Dulwich Wood Park.
Mr. E. Chambers, 30, Burnt Ash-road, Lee.
Mr. E. Chessex, 3. The Terrace, Farquhar-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 52 – dark tabby.
Mr. J. Chessex, Refreshment Department, Crystal Palace.
Mr. J. Childes, Blackheath, 1st, Class 7 – Manx; 2nd, Class 17 - Manx.
Mr. D. L. Chiniuyah, 6, Westow-street, Upper Norwood, 1st, Class 48 - black.
Miss M. Chuter, Romany-road, West Norwood, 3rd, Class 52 - tabby.
Mrs. Clarke, 55, Raleigh-road, Penge, very highly commended, Class 45 - black and white.
Mrs. Clifford, 15, Belvedere-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 19 - Manx.
Mr. V. Clutton, 51, Loughhorough-road, Briston.
Miss M. Cockerton, Castleman, Dafforne-road, Balham.
Mrs. Colget, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Mrs. Congerton, 5, Palace-road, Anerley, 1st, Class43 - black and white.
Mr T. Coleman, 113, Wells-road, Sydenham, very highly commended, Class 52 - black.
Mr. E. W. Cornutt, 50, Anerley-road.
Miss A. Coulson, Enfield House, Anerley-road, 1st Class 41 - black Persian.
Miss Cristall, Bramley Villa, Bramley Hill, Croydon, 2nd, Class 42 - Persian.
Mrs. Cross, 1, Berrldge-roiul, Gipsy Hill.
Mr. H. Daniels, 16, Soutlhwark-street, Borough, very highly commended, Class 40 – short-haired cat.
Mr. E. Davidson, 10, Prospect-road, Wells-road, Sydenham.
Miss J.E. Davis. 23, Barnfield-road, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Dempster, 26, Hugh’s-road, Anerley.
Mr. C. Dickinson, 13, Carlton-road, Dulwich, highly commended, Class 50-tortoiseshell.
Mr. F. H. Dickson, Brunswick Parade, Norwood.
Miss Dobson, Abbotsford, Hawk-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. F. H. Dow, 124, Hithy Greeen-lane, Lewisham,
Miss Eagle, 22, Palace-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 52 - red tabby.
Miss Eberwein, 146, Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, commended, Class 15 - black.
Mr, Thomas Eels. 16, Woodland Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. A. Elliott, 173, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Mrs J. Emery, 141, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Mrs, Emmens, Anerley Vale, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Everest, 97, Romany-road, West Norwood.
Mr. T. D. Fanning, 52, Palace-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 50 - short-haired kittens.
Mrs. Fisher, 51, George-street. Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 50 - short-haired kittens.
Mr. W. H. Fisher, 98, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood, 3rd, Class 48 - black.
Mr. Fobbs, 31, Lavender-road, Clapham Junction.
Mr. F. W, Ford, Grangewood, South Norwood Hill, 3rd, Class 18.
Miss Frances, 138, Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, 1st, Class 3 - silver grey.
Miss C. Freeman, 7, Oaksford Avenue, Sydenham, 2nd, Class 47 - tabby.
Mrs. Catherine Freeman, Meadow-place, South Lambeth-road, 3rd, Class 10 – tortoiseshell and white.
Mrs. Garrett, 41, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 50 - short-haired kittens.
Mr. Garratt, 41, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 50 - short-haired kittens.
Mr. C. E. Gessey, 32, Oxford-road, Norwood, commended, Class 44 – brown tabby and whiute.
Mrs. C. E. Gessey, 32, Oxford-road, Norwood.
Miss A. Gibbens, York House, Norwood-road, Herne Hill, 2nd Class 16 - white.
Mrs Gidney, 18, Camden Hill-road, Norwood.
Mr. E. Gower, Finch's Stables, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mr. G. Green, Lawrie Park. Sydenham, very highly commended, Class 49 - tortoiseshcll and white.
Mrs Green, 93, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Mr. W. Gutteridge, 8, Dallas-road, Sydenham, commended, Class 37 - dark tabby.
Mrs. Hallum (care of R.T. Babb), 1, Laurel Grove, Penge.
Mrs. T. G. Hammond, 4, Croydon-road, Penge.
Miss Hands, 14, Bradford-road, Sydenham, 1st, Class 46 – tabby and white.
Mr. E. Hands, 14, Bradford-road, Sydenham.
Miss Harrison, 1, The Facade, Brockley-lane.
Miss M. Harvey, Laurel Cottage, Eagle Hill, Upper Norwood.
Miss T. Harvey, Laurel Cottage, Eagle Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Harvey, 26, Romney-road, West Norwood, very highly commended, Class 46 – Manx.
Miss Hawkins, 156, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. G. Hawkins, 156, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Haycroft, 5, Farnham Royal, Upper Kennington-lane Vauxhall, 1st and silver medal, Class 53 – best long-haired cat.
Mr. A. Head, 26a, Wingford-road, Brixton Hill.
Mr. F. Herridge, gardener, 19, West View, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. Herring, Lestock House, Lee, 2nd, Class 14 - spotted tabby; very highly commended, Class 18; 3rd, Class 25 – brown or red tabby; commended Class 30 – blue or silver tabby; 2nd Class 43 – tabby; very highly commended, Class 44 – long-haired.
Mrs. Hills. 74, Woodbine Grove, Penge.
Mr. H. Hobbs, 148, Moffatt-road, Thornton Heath, commended, Class 51 - tabby and white.
Miss E. Hodge, Rockbourne, Fox Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mrs. W. G. Hodges, 2, Thornton Villas, Thornton Heath, commended, Class 39, black, or black and white.
Mr. J. Howard, 34, Woodland Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mr. VV. H. Howard, 8, Landor-road, Clapham-rod, 2nd, Class 21 - black.
Mrs. V. Howship, 9, Carberry-road, Westow-street, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 44 – long-haired cat.
Mr. T. Hughes. 12. Trenholme-road, Anerley.
Mrs. Hunt, 120, Hamilton-road, West Norwood, highly commended, Class 50 - short-haired kittens.
Mrs. W. M. Hunt, Berwyn, Amberley-road, Sydenham, two commended, Class 32 - blue Persians.
Mrs. J. Hurst, 206, Livingstone-road, Thornton Heath, 2nd, Class 49.
Mr. George Hutchins, Thicket Hotel, 75, Anerley-road, 2nd, Class 27 - black.
Mrs. J. Irwin, 335, Milkwood-road, Herne Hill.
Miss S. Jackson, Ireleigh, Gipsy-road, West Norwood.
Mrs. A. H. Jackson, Mayfield, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, 2nd, Class 40 - pure-bred Siamese.
Mrs. Jackson, Beulah House Stables, Beulah Hill, very highly commended, Class 51 - brown tabby and white.
Mrs. James, 164, Hamilton-road, West Norwood, highly commended, Class 50 - short-haired kittens.
Mrs. Jayne, Church-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 47 - tabby.
Miss Jerome, 87, Woodland-road, Upper Norwood.
Mr. H. Johnson, 1, St. Germain's Villas, Lewisham, 2nd, Class 1 - tortoiseshell and white.
Mrs. C. Korek, 207, Brockley-road, Brockley.
Miss Lawrence, 22, Palace-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 52 - blue tabby,
Miss A, Lellyett, Valentine Villa, South Norwood.
Mrs. Letts, 37, Moffatt-road, Thornton Heath, highly commended, Class 49 - tortoiseshell white.
Mr. Letts, 150, Livingstone-road, Thornton Heath, highly commended, Class 47 – tabby.
Mr. W. Letts, The Stables, 5, Anerley-road, Upper Norwood, 1st, Class 4 - red tabby.
Mr. G. Long, 144, Romany-road, West Norwood, 1st, Class 17 - Manx.
Miss M. M. Luff, 11, Rowland Grove, Wells-road, Sydenbam, highly commended. Class 48 - black.
Mrs. J. L. Manzie, 33, Trinity-road, Penge, 1st, Class 52 - tabby and white.
Mrs. Martin, Ribblesdale Stables, Crystal Palace Park-road, very highly commended, Class 52 - tabby and white.
Mr. Martin, Ribblesdale Stables, Crystal Palace Park-road, 1st, Class 9 - tortoiseshell.
Mrs. M. Mason, Droxford Villa, Underhill-road, Dulwich.
Miss Maxwell, Brier Villa, West Hill, Sydenham.
Miss Mayhew. Norhyrst, South Norwood Hill, 2nd, Class 4 - red tabby; 1st, Class 13 - red tabby; 3rd, Class 19 - grey and black.
Mrs. Meatham, 91, Coldharbour-lane, Camberwell, 3rd, Class 3 - silver grey.
Mr. W. Morrell, 'The Brewery, Lyndhurst-road, Peckham.
Mrs. A. Mitchell, 83, Pomeroy-street, Peckham, 2nd, Class 52 - dark tabby.
Mrs. Moody, 18, Derwent-road, Camberwell, 1st, Class 36 – weight (25 lb.).
Miss Moore, 8 Dallas-road, Sydenham, two highly commended, Class 51 - long-haired.
Miss F, Moore, Oakwood Beckenham, 3rd, Class 13 - silver tabby; highly commended, Class 20 -pure white; 1st and silver medal Class 24, silver; 1st, Class 30 – silver; 1st, Class 44 - Persian.
Mrs. A. J. Morris, Melrose, Whiteley-road, Gipsy Hill.
Mr. E. P. C. Morliere, 52, Gowlett-road, East Dulwich.
Mrs. Nash, 1, Hadlow-place, Anerley-road.
Mr. Nash, 1, Hadlow-place, Anerley-road, 3rd, Class 1 - tortoiseshell and white.
Mrs. S. A. Neeson, 58, Wells-road, Sydenham.
Mrs. Nichols, 124, Woodbine Grove, Penge.
Mr. E. Nichols, 124, Woodbine Grove, Penge.
Miss M. Nunney, 63, Woodland-road, Norwood, very highly commended, Class 48 - tabby and white.
Master A. Page, 59, Ridsdale-road, Anerley.
Mr. D. Page, 47, Barnfield-road, Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 18.
Mr. H. Page, 39, Woodbine Grove, Penge, commended, Class 37 - tabby.
Mrs. Page, 100, Romany-road, West Norwood.
Mrs. Page, 39, Woodbine Grove, Penge.
Mr. G. Painter, 221, Lower-road, Rotherhithe.
Mrs. Palmer, Mervyndene, Court-road, West Norwood.
Mrs. Perraccinie, 16, Ewart-road, Forest Hill.
Mr. H. Paul, Hillcroft, Silverdale, Sydenham.
Mrs, G. Payne, The Lodge, Roby, Sydenham Hill,
Miss D. Peskett, 90. Awerley-road, Upper Norwood, very highly commended, Class 19 - short-haired kittens.
Miss Pickett, 31, Farley-road, South Norwood.
Mrs. Plant, 15, Paddock Gardens, Upper Norwood, 3rd, Class 46 - brown tabby.
Mr. W. Ponsford, 11, Crampton-road, Penge, 1st, Class 25 - tabby.
Miss E. Pope, 89, Coldharbour-lane, Camberwell, very highly commended, Class 10 - tortoiseshell and white.
Miss M. A. Pope, 89, Coldharbour-laue, Camberwell.
Mr. Pope, 89, Coldharbour-lane, Camberwell.
Mr. Preddy, 50, Sainsbury-road, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 52 - silver tabby.
Mrs. G. Pretty, 143, Hamilton-road, West Norwood, 2nd, Class 48 - black.
Miss Pullar, 78, Beulah-Hill, Upper Norwood.
Miss Pymble, 140, Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood.
Miss Reeves, Harolddeane, Layland-road, Lee.
Mr. W. Rose, 19, Wix-laue, Ciapbum Common, highly commended, Class 53 - brown tabby.
Mr. F. Rymill, 24, Bradford-road, Sydenham.
Mrs. A. Sadler, 8, Prospect-road, Upper Sydenham.
Mr. H. Sage, Refreshment Department, Crystal Palace, highly commended, Class 50 - silver tabby.
Mr. T. Shephard, 30, Dover-road, New Town, Norwood.
Miss Shorter, Brightland, Alleyn Park, West Dulwich, highly commended, Class 19 - short-haired kittens.
Miss Simmons, 106, Park-road.
Miss Slinger, Westow-street, Upper Norwood, highly commended, Class 12 - silver grey.
Mrs. H. Small, 15, Grosvenor-road, South Norwood.
Miss J. Smith, District Post Office, Norwood.
Mrs. B. South, 144, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Mr. W. South, 144, Hamilton-road, West Norwood.
Mrs. W. Sparks, Woodthorpe, Sydenham Hill-road, 2nd, Class 37 - silver tabby.
Mr. F. Sraig, 22, Oakfield-rood, Penge, highly commended, Class 52 - black.
Mrs. Standen, 19, Roliugue-road, Lower Sydenham.
Mr. H.Stehr, 91, Clive-road, West Dulwich.
Mr. Storey, 359, White Horse-road, Thornton Heath, very highly commended, Class 50 - tabbies.
Mrs. Stainger, 97, Albert-road, South Norwood.
Miss Stuart, 54, Church-road, Upper Norwood, 1st, Class 39 - black, or black white.
Mrs. V. L. Swan, 28, Haselrigge-road, Clapham, 2nd, Class 38 - white.
Mr. A. Swinyard, 26, Whiteley-road, Upper Norwood, 2nd, Class 6 - black.
Mrs. Tanner, 21, Hawthorne Grove, Penge, 1st Class 47 - tabby.
Mr. T. Tanner, 21, Hawthorne Grove, Penge.
Colonel J. B. Taylor, Elmwood, Townley-road, Dulwich, commended Class 44 - tabby.
Miss A. Taylor, Elmwood Townley-road, Dulwich.
Mr. F. Terry. 19, Clifton Villas, Camden-square, commended, Class 51 - black white.
Mrs. E. Tiibrook, 81, Maple-road, Penge, very highly commended, Class 49 - tortoiseshell and white.
Mr. E. Traflord, 40, Russell-street, High-street, Sydenham.
Mr. J. Trusson, 42, Gillett-road, New Thornton Heath, 2nd, Class 45 - black and white.
Mrs. G. Tullett, St. Hugh's-road, Anerley, very highly commended, Class 48 - black.
Mrs. Ward, 33, Havelock Terrace, Zion-road, Thornton Heath.
Mrs. Ward, 25, Railway-road, New Thornton Heath.
Mr. J. Ware, 19, Oakleigh Villas, Beulah-road North, Thornton Heath, 3rd, Class 11 -brown tabby; very highly commended, Class 19 - brown tabbies.
Mr. W. Waterman, 15, Sydenham-road, Sydenham, 3rd, Class 38 - short-haired.
Miss Weedon, 8, Dallas-road, Wells-road, Sydenham, 3rd, Class 51 – tabby.
Miss M. A. Wellman, 38, Oakley-street, Waterloo-road, 1st, Class 16 - white.
Miss Wells, 42, The Avenue, Gipsy Hid.
Mr. J. W. Weightman, 32, Embleton-steoet, Lewisham, 3rd, Class 42 - Persian.
Mrs. Weightman, 32, Embleton-street, Lewisham, very highly commended, Class 33 - Persian.
Mr. T. West, 71, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mr. W. West. 71, Westow Hill, Upper Norwood.
Mr. T. C. White, 58, Thicket-road, Anerley.
Mrs. Whiting, 61, Woodbine Grove, Penge, 3rd, Class 53 - black and white.
Miss D. Whitmill, 88, Central Hill, Norwood, highly commended, Class 50 - short-haired kittens.
Miss L. Whitmill, 86. Central Hill, Norwood.
Mr. H. Wbymurk, 54a, Elliott's-road, St. George’s-road, Southwark, highly commended, Class 52 – tabby and white.
Mrs. W. Wilsher, Waterworks, Sydenham Hill, very highly commended, Class 50 - short-haired kittens.
Miss Wimshurst, 16, Thicket-road, very highly commended, Class 35a - grey tabby.
Mr. J. de Wint, 3, Tarbert-road, East Dulwich.
Mr. B. Winter, jun., 114, St. Hugh’s-road, Anerley, highly commended. Class 50 - silver tabbies; very highly commended, Class 50 - tabbies.
H. Winter, 148, Woodland-road, Gipsy Hill.
Mrs. H. Wiseman, 43, Colby-road, Gipsy Hill.
Mr. C. Wright, 12, The Pavement, Birchanger-road, South Norwood.
Mrs. Wright, Fire Station, Crystal Palace Parade, very highly commended, Class 48 – black.
Mr. K. G. Young, 51, Bradford-road, Wells-road, Sydenham.

THE CAT SHOW. Illustrated London News, 1st November 1890
The twenty-first [actually 22nd] annual 'National Cat Show, opened on Oct. 21, was the largest ever held at the Crystal Palace, the entries numbering 547. It took place in the north nave, instead of one of the galleries, as in former years. All the classes were well represented, and, as usual, the cats were the object of much curiosity and admiration on the part of the visitors. The following exhibitors were awarded special prizes:
For the best short-haired cat in the exhibition, Mr. H. Young.
For the best long-haired cat in the exhibition, Miss L. Abbott.
For the best cat in Classes 22 and 28, Mrs. H. B. Thompson.
For the best pair of self-coloured long-haired kittens under three months Miss Walker
For the best pair of self-coloured long-haired kittens, between three and six months old, Mr. R. Taylor.
For the best cat in Classes1 to 8, Mr. H. Young.
For the best cat in Classes 9 to 18, Mrs. H. Young.
For the best two kittens in Class 19, Mr. G. Lister.
For the best cat in Classes 20 to 25, Miss F. Moore.
For the best cat in Classes 26 to 31, Miss L. Abbott.
For the best two kittens in Classes 32 to 35, Miss Walker.
For the best cat in Classes 37 to 40, Mrs. Carr.
For the best cat in Classes 41 to 44, Miss Boddington.
For the best cat in Classes 45 to 53, Mrs. Haycraft.

The Sketches made by our Artist, Mr. Louis Wain, are good examples of the characteristic graces and gestures of our feline domestic pets; and we have the pleasure of announcing that Mr. Louis Wain has been elected President of the National Cat Club, in the place of Mr. Harrison Weir, who has resigned that office. This club was instituted, a few years ago, to promote the breeding of pure cats of each distinct breed known in England; to define the true types of such breeds; and by giving prizes and medals, supporting and originating shows, to improve the race of cats. Apply to Mr. J. W. Townsend, the hon. secretary, at Wendreda, Lancaster-road, Wimbledon.

CAT SHOW. Bury Free Press, 1st November 1890
We have had the Cat Show at the Crystal Palace, and there was a fine feline display. One cat I noted was marked up, “Price £20,000.” Of course her owners would not part with her for the world, so they simply affixed a prohibitive ticket. It was an exhibition of the harmless necessary mouser, though, whose excellence could but delight that good guardian angel - in substantial human guise - of poor puss, Mr. Harrison Weir.

TWENTY-SECOND NATIONAL CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE. Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 1st November 1890
The show was quite up to its predecessors in quality, but the exhibition appears to be increasing in dimensions every year, partly owing, no doubt, to entries by the working classes. The judges were Messrs. Harrison and Jenner Weir, A. O. Clarke, and George and C. Billet. They certainly appeared to have given pretty general satisfaction-- not an easy matter either amongst so much excellence. The big cat of the show appears to have been snubbed this year, as he got no prize but what a fine fellow! The sandy cats were very fine, and especial attention was given to one of these which was of an unusually rich colour. Of course, the long-haired cats came to the front, especially a Persian which has taken great numbers of prizes. There were some fine specimens of black Persian, by the way. As to the tortoiseshell, these were not in our opinion remarkable. There were, as usual, plenty of pretty little kittens of all kinds and colours. All praise must be given to the managers of the show, which was admirably carried out, the comfort of both cat and public being well looked after. Our artist has sketched some of the most notable exhibits.

1890 BURY ST EDMUNDS CAT SHOW

SUFFOLK POULTRY CLUB ANNUAL SHOW AT BURY ST. EDMUND'S. Bury and Norwich Post, 14th January 1890
Is Bury St. Edmund's Poultry Show to be discontinued through the extraordinary apathy on the part of the inhabitants of the borough in according to it the support which such a useful society so richly deserves? It does appear remarkably strange that out of a town the size of Bury and the numerous villages and hamlets comprising the district around, scarcely one thousand people paid for admission in the two days. [judges] Cats, Miss Mary Gresham

Cats had many admirers, and a very pretty collection they made. We believe it is the first time Miss Gresham has judged, and we congratulate that lady upon the success she achieved in performing a most thankless task. Miss Gresham is a cat enthusiast, and has worked remarkably hard and successfully in forming the National Cat Club of which she is secretary. In the short-haired male cats, Mr. W. Sneezum's exhibit, a very fine cat, was commended. In the class for long- haired males, Mr. G. Fryer, Horringer, was highly commended; in a similar class for female cats, Miss G. E. Oliver, Bury, was third and Miss B. F. M. Hart very highly commended. The class for kittens was most interesting, and several quickly changed hands. Mr. W. Foreman, Whepstead, was first; Mrs. Guy, Hadleigh, second; and Mr. O. Osborne, Ickworth, third; Mrs. S. Springett, Whepstead, was highly commended. In the selling class, Mr. C. S. Gough, was commended. Mr. G. H. Nutt, of Pulborough, a well-known exhibitor, had over a dozen cats n the show, including several of his well-known winner, a grand tortoiseshell tom, and a magnificent Manx female cat, which stood 14 inches high, and is supposed to be the largest female cat in England. The whole of Mr. Nutt's cats were offered for sale by auction on the second day of the show, but the bidding in very few cases reached the reserve.
A couple of classes for local cat and cavy exhibitors brought a most excellent show; Miss Govey's cat won, pressed closely for second and third honours by Mrs. Flack and Mr. W. Sneezum.
Class 120. - Short-haired (male). - 1st, G H Nutt (tortoise-shell); 2nd, G H Nutt; 3rd, T Weightman; hc, J Butler; c, J Tozer (red tabby) and W. Sneezum.
Class 121. - Short-haired (female). - 1st, E C Mayhew; 2nd, R T Babb; 3rd, G H Nutt; vhc, G H Nutt and R T Babb; h c, G H Nutt and F Auckland.
Class 122. - Long haired (male). - 1st, Mrs. Vallance; 2nd, H Savill; 3rd, Mrs. Sunderland; r and vhc, T Weightman; v h c, Mrs. Yarborough; hc, G Fryer, F Auckland; c, B Stone.
Class 123. - Long Haired (female). - 1st and special (Club Medal). Mrs. Vallance; 2nd, Messrs. Woodhead and Deighton; 3rd, Miss G. E. Oliver; vhc, Miss B. F. M. Hart; hc, Mrs, H. P. Thompson.
Class 124. - Kittens (any variety). Under six months old. - 1st, W Foreman; 2nd, Mrs Guy; 3rd,O Osborne; vhc, S Springett.
Class 125. - Selling class (any variety). Price not to exceed 15s. - 1st, T Weightman (Persian female); 2nd, 3rd, and vhc. G H _Nutt (tortoise-shells and black male); hc, Mrs Yarborough (2, long-haired white); c, C S Gough.
Local Classes. (Open to anyone residing within a radius of seven miles of Bury.) Class 145. - Cats, any variety (neuter cats excluded). - 1st, Miss E Gorey (long hair male); 2nd, Mrs Flack (black male); 3rd, W Sneezum; vhc, W Gough; hc, C S Gough.
Special Prizes. Cats. 12. - Bronze medal presented by the National Cat Club for the best cat in the show, the property of a member of the National Cat Club.

1890 DERBY CAT SHOW

DERBY AND COUNTY RABBIT SOCIETY. ANNUAL SHOW. Derby Daily Telegraph, 8th April 1890
The second All England Rabbit, Cavy, and Homer Show in connection with the Derby and County Rabbit Society was held this (Tuesday) afternoon the Temperance Hall, and attracted a large attendance. [. . .] For the rat time in Derby prizes were awarded for cats, and although the committee had some fears as to the success the venture, owing to the season of the year being rather an unfavourable one for "pussy," the entries were particularly strong, there being upwards of 70 in the six classes, including cats which have carried all before them at different shows and down the country. They proved a great source of attraction, and it is to be hoped that cats will not be left out future local shows. [Judges] Cats - Miss M. Gresham, Surrey (secretary,| National Cat Club).

CATS (Open to all England). Class 31 - Short-haired he cats, 1 and special Mrs. T. Sugden, Chorley: 2 Mrs. L. Herring, Lee, Kent; 3 W. A. Carnal, Shrewsbury; 4 Mr. Evan Yates, Darwin-terrace.
Class 32 - Short-haired she cats. 1 Mr. R. T. Babb, Penge; 2 Mrs. J. Wilson, Hull: 3 Miss C. C. Mayhew, South Norwood; 4 Mrs. Hatfield, London.
Class 33 - Long-haired he cats, 1, bronze and silver medals, Mr. Wm. Dyer, Liverpool; 2 and 4 Miss P. Moore,; 3 Mr. R. T. Babb.
Class 34 - Long-haired she cats, 1 Miss F. Moore; Mr. C. Steains, Southport: 3 Mrs. K. Vallance, Sittingbourne; 4 Mrs. C. Heslop, Darlington.
Class 35 - Neuter cats, any variety, 1 Mr. W. Dyver; 2 Mr. P. B. Simpson, Borrowash; Mr. I. Renshaw, Osmaston-road; 4 Mrs. L. Herring.
Class 36 - Kittens, under six months, one or more any variety, 1 and special Mr. C. E. Silk, Enisworth; 2 Mr. G. Lister, Leeds; 3 Mrs. R. Locket, Mill Hill, N.W.; 4 Mrs. L. Herring.
Class 37 - Selling class, any variety, not to exceed 15s., 1 Mr. F. Shipley; 2 Mr. G. Lister, 3 Miss W. Robinson, Boston; 4 Mr. T. Whitehouse, Crounford.
Class 38 - Local class, within a radius of six miles of Derby Market-place, 1 and special, Mr. P. B. Simpson, 2 Mr. Drinkwater, Redshaw-street; 3 Miss G. Hurt, Littleover; 4 Mr. C. Pegg, Pear Tree.

1890 DUNDEE CAT SHOW

THE DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Evening Telegraph - Thursday 09 October 1890
The entries for the Dundee Dog Cat Show are being received by the Secretary in large numbers, and the show promises to be larger and as good as any one that has yet been held in Dundee. The total number of dogs entered till to-day is 369 but the books will remain open till Monday next. Cats will also be largely represented. The show will be opened tomorrow week by the Right Hon. H. Campbell-Bannerman, M.P.

DUNDEE DOG AND CAT SHOW. Dundee Advertiser, 15th October 1890
The entries for the third show of the Angus and Canine Club have now closed with the grand total of 535 dogs and 53 cats. The dog show will be the largest collection of dogs ever brought together Scotland outside Edinburgh and Glasgow. The exhibits come from all parts Scotland, and many of them are from England. The cat show will also be good one, some of the best in England being entered.

DOG AND CAT SHOW IN DUNDEE. Dundee Evening Telegraph, 17th October 1890
The third annual exhibition of sporting and other dogs held under the auspices of the Angus and Mearns Canine Club, was opened in the Drill Hall, Dundee, today. The entries this year are greatly in excess of those former shows, the numbers being about 540. The Club has this year added a new feature to the exhibition in offering prizes for cats, and a large number these domestic pets have been sent to the show. The exhibits are benched in the Drill Hall in a manner similar to that which proved effective at previous shows, but some difference has been made this year in the arrangement the exhibits, and altogether the hall has a much fuller appearance than was apparent the last show. The small dogs are placed on benches round the walls of the hall, and the large dogs are placed on benches in the centre, while the cages for the cats have been erected at the South-East corner of building, and in such a position as to afford visitors ample opportunity for examining the many beautiful toms and tabbies which are forward.

DUNDEE SHOW. Dundee Advertiser - Saturday 18 October 1890
[From Mr Campbell-Bannerman’s opening speech]: “Those in the town knew comparatively little about them. It was for that reason, knowing the domestic interest taken in cats, that (Mr Leng) suggested that a cat show should be added to the dog show. (Applause.) A beginning had been made, and there was little doubt it would on and become more successful in years to come.”

The poor cats look anything but happy in their comparatively close quarters. Puss does not thrive in solitary confinement, especially when there is added to it the horrors of incessant yelping. She is far more home on tiles. [. . .] The cat show was remarkable success, taking into account the fact that it was tried for the first time this year. Notwithstanding the fact that Mr Campbell-Bannerman passed pussy slightingly over, she received great attention from the visitors during the whole of the day. The most remarkable feature of the collection was the fine coats many of them had, coupled with beautiful markings.

CATS. Toms (Long-Haired:) – 1 Miss Jessie J. Linton, "Duke of Edinburgh"; 2 Mr James Turpin "Dick Turpin"; 3 Mrs Herd, "St Clair Toby": vhc Mr John Anderson, '”Rufus"; Mrs A Bannochie, "King Tom"; hc, Mrs Robertsou. " Bunch"; c., Mr John Stewart, " Tom."
Tabbies (Long haired) 1 and medal - Miss J. B. McDonald " Maraban"; 2 Mr William Mather,"Tibby”; 3 Mrs Herd, "St Clair- Claris"; vhc Miss Walker, “Budge"; hc Mr J. H. Bell, "Nana."
Toms (Short-Haired) - 1 and medal Mr A. Ferguson, "Tom"; 2 Mr John Irving; 3 Mr R T Linton "Physic"; vhc Miss Nellie McMillan. "Tom"; hc Mr John Wilkie, "Tom Wilkie"; c. Mr James Grant, "Tom."
Tabbies (Short Haired) - 1 Mr John Gordon, " Chat"; 2 Miss May Forson, "Toodles”; 3 Miss E. B. Gray, “Pickle": vhc, Mrs Howe, "Murr."
Kittens (long-Haired, under 9 months at date of show) - 1 Mrs Herd, "St Clair,” Miss J. R, McDonald, "Mac" - equal; 2 Miss J. Annan Lang. "Charlie," Mr D. Milne, "Metchley Wonder” -equal; 3 Miss C. Y. R. Lang, "Charlie," Miss Jessie L. Linton, kitten 3 months old – equal; vhc Miss Elizabeth D. Mltchell "Greythrums”; Mr. Wm. Ballingall, "Tom'; Mr L. K. Stevenson. "The General"; Mr Wm. Stewart, "Darkest Africa"; J. H. Bell "Bluto”; hc, Miss J E McDonald, "Minnie”; Mr J. H. Bell, "Lane"; Mr J. H. Bell, "Pinto."
Kittens (Short-Haired, under 9 months of age at date of show) - 1 and medal, Miss G. Weinberg, Tabby kitten; 2 Mr John Irving; 3 Mr. Wm. Whitton, kitten; vhc Miss G. Weinberg, kitten.

1890 REGIONAL CAT SHOWS

SHOW [1890]. Lincolnshire Free Press, 31st December 1889
The Committee of the Working Men’s Institute have fixed Wednesday, the 15th day of January, for the show of cats, rabbits, and cagebirds, which will be held in the Lecture-hall. Miss Marris, of Caistor, will judge the cats, Mr. Holman, of Lynn, will award the prizes for the rabbits.

DOG AND CAT SHOW [1890]. Isle of Man Times, 11th December 1889
(To the Editor.] Dear Sir, - l wish to call the attention of the Chairman, Secretary, and Committee of the above show to the fact that on the day they have selected for holding their first show, "New Year's Day," there will be three other entertainments given, viz: the Annual Meeting of the Manx Temperance Union, Messrs Poulter and Johnson 'a Annual Entertainment, and a performance in the Grand Theatre. As the shows held by the old committee never paid, even when they had the day clear to themselves, how can this society expect to approach paying their wav in the face of so much opposition 1 An excellent proposal was made by an exhibitor at their last meeting, viz: that the show should be held a week before the Liverpool show when no doubt many prize entries would be sent to compete across the water. Trusting the committee can yet see their way to alter the date, I remain, yours truly Douglas, 9th Dec- 1889. One Interested.

REIGATE PIGEON AND CAT SHOW [1890]. Sussex Agricultural Express, 21st December 1889
This annual show will be held on the 7th and 8th February, at the Drill Hall, by the kind permission of Mr. W B. Waterlow. This year prizes will offered for dogs. Schedules are now ready, and may be obtained of the Hon. Sec., Mr. Thos. Graham, Warren-road, Reigate.

GRAVESEND FANCIERS’ CLUB. Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, 21st January 1890
Each quarter they hold a show among themselves, and to celebrate every anniversary of the club’s existence they throw a large number of classes open to the United Kingdom. This annual event took place on Thursday and yesterday (Friday) [. . .] The attendance of visitors was very gsod throughout the day. The following is the Schedule of Prizes:
CATS. Judge, Mr G. H. Billet, jun. Firstt prize 15s., second 10s., third 5s. All classes but one were open to the United Kingdom.
Short haired, male, S. H. Davis 1; Mrs Herring (Lee) 2; Miss Apps (Epsom) 3.
Ditto, female, Mrs Herring 1;, Miss Moore (Beckenham) 2; Miss Apps 3.
Long haired, male, A. A. Clarke, 1 and a medal; Mrs Vallance 2.
Ditto, female, Miss Moore 1 and 2; Mrs Vallance (Sittingbourne) 3.
Kittens, single or more, any variety, under six months, .S. Wrightman (Lewisham) 1; Mrs Terry (The Hill Northfleet), 2 and special; R. W. Cornett (Norwood) 3.
Local any variety or sex, open to five miles radius of Gravesend, and members, T. A. Mummery 1; Peppercorn 2; P. Briggs 3; Glue and extra, 3.
Special prize, the National Cat Club's bronze medal, for the best cat exhibited by a member of the N. C.C. , A. A. Clarice.
Special prize, 7s. 6d., given by the Gravesend Fanciers’ Club, for best cat or kittens in the show, exhibited by a member, Mrs Terry.

THE EASTER DOG AND CAT SHOW. Norwich Mercury, 5th April 1890
The second exhibition of dogs and cats by the Norfolk and Norwich Kennel Club, to be held in the Corn Hall, Norwich, on Easter Tuesday, is likely to be a great success, the number of entries exceeding last year’s by nearly 100. Some very fine specimens of dogs will be on view. The show of cats promise to lie very attractive, the classes in the smooth and rough-haired varieties being well filled.

DERBY AND COUNTY RABBIT SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW. Derby Daily Telegraph , 8th April 1890
The second All England Rabbit, Cavy, and Homer Show in connection with the Derby and County Rabbit Society was held this (Tuesday) afternoon in the Temperance Hall, and attracted a large attendance. The entries, which reached upwards of 600, showed an increase upon the previous year, which was undoubtedly due to the fact that the value of the prizes had been improved. [. . .] For the first time in Derby prizes were awarded for cats, and although the committee had some fears to the success of the venture, owing to the season of the year being rather an unfavourable one for "pussy," the entries were particularly strong, there being upwards of 70 in the six classes, including cats which have carried all before them at different shows up and down the country. They proved a great source of attraction, and it is to be hoped that cats will not be left out at future local shows. [. . .] Judges: Cats, Miss M. Gresham, Surrey (secretary, National Cat Club).
CATS (Open to to all England).
Class 31 - Short-haired he cats, 1 and special Mrs. T. Sugden, Chorley; 2 Mrs. L. Herring, Lee, Kent; 3 W. A. Carnal, Shrewsbury; 4 Mr. Evan Yates, Darwin-terrace.
Class 32 - Short-haired she cats. 1 Mr. R. T. Babb, Penge; 2 Mrs. J. Wilson, Hull: Miss C. C. Mayhew, South Norwood; 4 Mrs. Hatfield, London.
Class 33 - Long-haired he cats, 1 bronze and silver medals, Mr. Wm. Dyer, Liverpool; 2 and 4 Miss P. Moore,; 3 Mr. R. T. Babb.
Class 34 - Long-haired she cats, 1 Miss F. Moore; 2 Mr. C. Steains, Southport; 3 Mrs. K. Vallance, Sittingbourne; 4 Mrs. C. Heslop, Darlington.
Class 35 - Neuter cats, any variety, 1 Mr. W. Dyer; 2 Mr. P. B. Simpson, Borrowash; 3 Mr. I. Renshaw, Osmaston-road; 4 Mrs. L. Herring.
Class 36 - Kittens, under six months, one or more any variety, 1 and special Mr. C. E. Silk, Emsworth; 2 Mr. G. Lister, Leeds; 3 Mrs. R. Locket, Mill Hill, N.W.; 4 Mrs. L. Herring.
Class 37 - Selling class, any variety, not to exceed 15s., 1 Mr. F. Shipley; 2 Mr. G. Lister, 3 Miss W. Robinson, Boston; 4 Mr. T. Whitehouse, Cromford.
Class 38 - Local class, within a radius of six miles of Derby Market-place, 1 and special, Mr. P. B. Simpson, 2 Mr. Drinkwater, Redshaw-street; 3 Miss O. Hurt, Littleover; 4 Mr. C. Pegg, Pear Tree.

DOG AND CAT SHOW AT NORWICH. Norwich Mercury, 9th April 1890
The second exhibition of dogs and cats, under the auspices of the Norfolk and Norwich Kennel Club, was held in the Corn Hall, Norwich, to-day (Tues day). As on the former occasion, competition was restricted to residents in the county; but, notwithstanding this, the number of entries has increased to a most gratifying extent [. . .] The show of cats, of which there were 29 entries, was especially noteworthy, and included several really magnificent animals. The three classes, one for rough, and two for smooth haired cats, were judged by Mr. L. P. C. Astley.
The cats, about thirty in number, had the appearance of being pets. (Diss Express, 11th April 1890)
And from Norfolk News, 12th April 1890:
Special, presented by Mr. Bullen, London Street, for the best Rough-haired Cat, Lady Bullard.
Special, presented by the Sanitas Company, Limited, for the best Smooth-haired Cat, Mr. R.M. Chamberlain
Special, presented by Mr. A. Woolbright, for the best Litter of Kittens, Mr. W.C. Pitts.
Any Variety of Rough-haired – 1st prize, 10s., Lady Bullard; 2nd, 5s., Paynton Piggott; 3rd, 3s 6d., Mrs. Aldis; highly commended, Mrs. A.M.C. Pratt and Mrs. McJannet; reserved, J.G. Banham.
Any Variety of Smooth-haired – 1st prize, 10s., G. Wilkinson; 2nd, 5s., PG.S. Sanders; 3rd, 3s 6d., Miss Neve; very highly commended, R.M. Chamberlin, Miss m.K. Cross, G. Brandish, Mrs. R. Horton, and Miss G. Raynor; highly commended, Master C. Miller and __ Cockerell; reserved, R. Plummer.
Class 34 – 1st prize, 7s 6d., W.C. Pitts; 2nd, 5s., E. Bullard.

DERBY AND COUNTY RABBIT CLUB SHOW. Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 12th April 1890
The second annual exhibition of the Derby and County Rabbit Club was held the Temperance Hall, on Tuesday. In connection therewith was the first Cat Show ever held in Derby. Although I have but scant sympathy for the Romeos and Juliets of the tiles, or with their surroundings and caterwaulings around the water-butt, I confess that a well-conducted cat show, with row upon row of demure and well conducted cats, and playful kittens, goes a great way towards eradicating my antipathy to Grimalkin. I am informed that the new feline department of the exhibition was a great success.

WHARFEDALE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AT OTLEY. Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer , 12th May 1890
The second day’s show of this society was opened at Otley on Saturday and the event was highly successful. [. . .] to the general public the second day’s programme is most interesting, as the exhibition consists of horses and ponies (in saddle, harness, and leaping [show jumping]), poultry, pigeons, dogs, cats, rabbits, cavies, and eggs. In each of these departments a good round sum oi money was again offered in prizes, win the result that there were huge entries, whose total amounted to 1,741, made under:- Dogs, 567; poultry, 460; pigeons, 378; rabbits, 204; horses and ponies 77; cats, 32; cavies, 12; and eggs, 11. [Judge for cats was Mr. JJ.H. Roberts of Armley] Of rabbits and cats the show was poor, save in very few instances [no results listed for cats].

VALUABLE CATS Dundee Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 28 May 1890
The commercial value of cats is of abundant range if the ticketed prices at cat shows may be accepted as a basis. From £1 to £1000 appears to be the selling price of cats, according to the estimate of the owners. It is, of course, well understood by the public that any price above or £3 may be taken as an indication that a purchaser is not required.

CAT SHOW. Nantwich Guardian, 14th June 1890
Fete and Garden Party, Marbury Park, Saturday, June 21st, 1890.
In connection with above, a CAT SHOW, open to all classes will be held. First prize, £1; second 10s; third 5s. No entrance fee. Entries to be made on or before June 14th, to Miss Jackson, Rudheath, Northwich.

DOG, POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE-BIRD, AND CAT SHOW. Cornishman, 26th June 1890
PENZANCE. The Third Annual Dog, Poultry, Pigeon, Cage-Bird, and Cat Show will be held August 15th, 1890 (Swimming match day.) Judges – Dogs – George Roper, Esq., Sheffield (first time); Poultry, Pigeons and Cats – W. Nicholls, Esq., London; Birds – R.G. Bird, Esq., Plymouth. Schedule will be ready in a few days. H.J. Gillard, Hon. Sec.

HARRISONS BABY AND CAT SHOWS. Sussex Agricultural Express, 5th July 1890
Harrison's (the second universal provider) great travelling warehouse will openTthursday. July 10th, 1890, near the Crown, East Grinstead. The cheapest man on earth for mangles, sewing machines, bassinettes, carpets, rugs, wire netting, wheels, ironmongery, bacon, cutlery, soap, pickles, sauces, tin 'ware. Sheets, blankets, watches and clocks. Musical instruments! Every description furniture. Feather beds, and everything but treacle. Goods sold at half the usual prices, and money returned same day for any article not approved of. Shops supplied. COME AND SEE THE BABY SHOW, ALSO THE CAT SHOW! Open every morning at 9. Auction sale every evening. Goods sent home within ten miles free.

PRIMROSE LEAGUE SHOW Western Gazette - Friday 25 July 1890
Primrose [League] Fete, Flower, Fruit, Vegetable, and Cat Show, Old Wardour Castle, Monday, August 1890. 2.30.-The show will be opened by W. H. Gramshaw Esq., supported by the Officers of the Habitation

HEADINGTON HORTICULTURAL POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE BIRD, CAT AND DOG SHOW. Oxford Times, 26th July 1890
Headington Horticultural Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird, Cat and Dog Show – Manor House grounds, Monday, August 4 (Bank Holiday). Headington Brass Band. Admission: 1 till 3, One Shilling; 3 till 5, Sixpence; after 5 o’clock, Threepence. Children under twelve, Half-price. F. Rolph and W. Greenaway, Hon. Secs.

CATS AT SHOWS. Glasgow Herald, 2nd September 1890
Wendreda, Lancaster Road, Wimbledon.
Sir, - I am glad to find that the committee of the Stewarton Ornithological Society have decided to add to their show this year (to be held on the 20th of September) a few classes for out much overlooked feline pets. I hope many secretaries of shows in Scotland will follow this good example, as it is the best way of instilling that interest and respect the cat so well deserves. Let us hope thse classes may be well-filled (entries close on the 15th), especially as the prize-money has been philanthropically guaranteed by a lady member of the National Cat Club.

If heads of families would make it a feature of granting much pleasure to their children by allowing them to enter, exhibit, and learn the value of their pets much good might be done for puss’s welfare. The prizes are not of much value, but the love and estimation of all animals to be thus encouraged is over very great importance. The secretary of the show, Mr. James Bowie, 47 High Street, Stewarton, will be only too pleased, I am sure, to send schedules and full particulars to all who are inclined to exhibit their pets. The entry fee is only 1s 6d. I am, etc, J.W. Townsend, Hon. Sec., N.C.C.

BRIGHTON AQUARIUM Bromley & District Times, 7th November 1890
The Rev. J.G. Gardner, of St. Paul’s Cray, whose interesting little book on “Poor Puss” is rapidly running through its first edition, was one of the most successful exhibitors at the Brighton Aquarium Cat Show on Wednesday and yesterday. Of the four pets Mr. Gardner sent up for competition, “Tib,” “Puss,” and “Frisky” secured first, second, and third prizes in the tortoise-shell class, while “Mr. Dick,” a magnificent barred Persian, easily secured the first place in the competition among the “Long Hairs.”

CAT SHOW. Sussex Agricultural Express, 8th November 1890
A fine exhibition of feline animals was opened on Wednesday at the Brighton Aquarium. The entries number 297. The blue cat, which were such a rarity a few years ago, are largely en evidence. The judges are from the national Cat Club.

DITCHLING. A PRIZE CAT. Mid Sussex Times, 11th November 1890
At the annual cat show held at Brighton Aquarium last week, Miss S.P. Hawes took a third prize for her cat “Brownie,” in the class for short-haired.

WANTED. Northampton Mercury, 21st November 1890
Wanted – hundreds of entries for the New Pagnell Poultry, Dog and Cat Show. Excellent classification and Prizes. Entries close November 24th. Schedules from Messrs. Sampson and Oldham, Hon. Secs.

CARDIGAN FAT STOCK, POULTRY, DAIRY PRODUCE, ROOTS, DOG, CAGE BIRDS AND CAT SHOW. Western Mail, 2nd December 1890
Cardigan Fat Stock, Poultry, Dairy Produce, Roots, Dog, Cage Birds and Cat Show, Thursday December 11th, 1890, at which prizes to the value of nearly £80 will be offered. Special prizes in every department. Entries close Saturday next, December 6th; Post entries Monday, 8th. Schedules and Entry Forms of the Secretary, Mr. Henry F. Davies, Advertiser Offices, Cardigan.

NEWPORT DOG AND CAT SHOW. orthampton Mercury, 12th December 1890
The first open Exhibition of poultry, dogs, and cats at Newport Pagnell took place in the Masonic Hall on Wednesday and Thursday. There was a large number of entries, and the show was remarkably well patronised. The following are the awards:
Cats. – 1, Mrs. Money, Lathbury; 2 Rev. C. M. Ottley, Newport Pagnell; 3 Thomas Taylor, 4 Mark Grimes, Moulsoe.

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