REPORTS FROM EARLY BRITISH CAT SHOWS 1903
1903 WESTMINSTER CAT SHOW
Held at St. Stephen's Hall, Westminster Aquarium, in January, 1903.
1903 BATH CAT SHOW
CATS IN BATH. EXCELLENT SHOW AT THE DRILL HALL - Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 29 January 1903
The Cat Show at Bath was a great success. was promoted by specialist societies, and the moving and controlling spirit was Mrs H. V. James, of Backwell, near Bristol, who appeared on the programme as hon. secretary and hon. Treasurer,while the secretary and manager was Mr. A. Wyatt of Bath. The committee composed the following ladies and gentlemen: Mrs. Balding (Acton), Chinchilla Cat Society ; Miss Beal (Darlingtonj and Mrs. Vidal (London), Orange and Tortoise-shell Society; Miss Simpson, Miss Goddard. and Mr. Russell Biggs (London). Blue Persian Cat society; Miss White Atkins (Botley) and Miss Kerswell (London), Black and White Society ; and Mr. Little (Beckenham), Silver and Smoked Persian Cat Society. The local committee assisting were Mrs. Spackman, Miss Phayre, Mrs, Beath, Mrs. Palmer (Bristol), Mr. G. Mariner and Mr. Walter Sants. Miss Frances Simpson, of Kensington (London), was the show steward. The judges were: - Mrs. Martin (High Wycombe), Mrs. Paul Hardy (Salisbury), Miss Cochran (Wimborne), Mr. C. H. Lane (Bristol), and Mr. Mason (Bradford, Yorks.).
Much notice naturally was taken the champion cat, “Fulmer Saida,” belonging to Lady Decies, which added to the 360 prizes she had already gained. The Mayor (Mr. J. E. Henshaw), who was accompanied by the Mayoress and the Town Clerk, opened the exhibition at two o'clock, being introduced by Mr. A. H. Butler. His Worship said Bath was cosmopolitan in its entertainments, and he visited the show with much pleasure. He was glad to hear from Mr. Wyatt that they had more entries than at Westminster the previous week. Recently they had in Bath Earl Roberts, whose antipathy to cats was well-known, but he (the Mayor) did not share in that antipathy, while, the Town Clerk was very fond cats (applause). He hoped the show would be most successful. The Mayoral party, conducted by Lady Decies, then made a tour of the hall.
PRIZE LIST LONG-HAIRED CATS AND KITTENS.
Class 1 - White Male: 1, Miss G. M. Horril, Bournemouth, The Favourite; 2, Miss E. Harper, Hayward's Heath; 3 Miss White Atkins, Botley, The White Knight; r. Mrs. O. Westlake, London, Blue-eyed St. Pancras; vhc, Mrs. Nott, Hatfield, Bobby.
Class 2. - White Female. 1, Mrs Langford-Sainsbury, Beckington: 2. Miss Nora Kerswell, Kensington, Una of Kensington; 3, Mrs. Finnie Young, Dumblane, Queen of the Meadow.
Class 3. - Black Male; 1. Mrs. B. Witham-Wignall, Folkestone, Black Fury.
Class 4. - Black Female: no entries.
Class 5. - Black and White Novice. Male or Female; 1 Mrs. E. Witham-Wignall, Black Fury; 2, Miss Nora Kerswell, Una of Kensington; 3, Miss O. Westlake, Blue-eyed St. Pancras; r Mrs Finnie Young, Queen of the the Meadow.
Class 6 - Blue Male: 1. Mrs. Gregory, Lincoln, Skelljngthorpo Patrick: 2, Miss M. Homfrey, Andover, Don Carlos; 3. Miss E. Goddard, South Lambeth, Yani; r, Mrs. Cotlingwood, Leighton Buzzard, Royal Bobs; vhc, Mrs. A. A. Allen, Reading, Blue Coat Boy II, and Mrs. Young, Bonnie Prince Charlie ; hc, Miss Hamilton, Bannerdown, Rozelle Delight.
Clas 7 - Blue Female: 1, Miss Terrill, Camborne, Bunch: 2, Mrs. B. Close, Camberley, Pretty Dear; 3, Mrs. Finnie Young, Chiffon Blue: r Lady Decies, Birchington, Fulmer Hazeline; vhc, Mrs. G. Baker, Wolverhampton, Beauty, and Miss Hamilton, Rozelle Kittikens; c Mrs. H. H. Barneti, Birmingham, Loe.
Class 8. - Blue Novice. Male or Female: 1, Mrs. Finnie Young, Chiffon Blue; 2, Lady Decies, Fulmer Hazeline; 3, Miss M. Homfrey, Victor: r., Mrs. White Atkins, The Brushwood Boy; vhc, Miss Hamilton, Rozelle Delight, and Mrs. A. Allen, Blue Coat Boy II.
Class 9 - Blue Kitten, Male: 1, Miss Hamilton, Rozelle Delight: 2, Mrs. F. Norris, Kew, Kew Perfection.
Class 10. - Blue Kitten. Female: 1, Mr. C. W. Witt, Birmingham, Blue Patte; 2 Mrs. Gre- Lonsdale Veronica; 3, Miss A. St. ronaid's. Bine
Class 11. - Blue Kitten. Breeders. Kitten onlv-. 1. Miss Ham itoc. Rozelle Delight; 2, Mrs. Gregory, Lonsdale Veronica.
Class 12 - Chinchilla and Shaded Silver Male: 1, Hon. P. Wodehouse, North Walsham, Silver Tom; 2, E. Bonner, Willesden, Cairo Ramadan; 3 Miss S. Bartlett, Bexley Heath, The Silver Sultan, and Mrs. M. Marriott, Kingsbridge (equal); r, Mr. T. Phillips, Clifton, Lord Clifton; vhc, Mrs. Wellbye, Ealing, Kuhe of Raneleigh, Mrs. E. A. Clark, The Absent- Minded Beggar, Mrs. E. Humphries. Dolgenan, Lord Clive, Miss Snell, Wimbldon, Firefly, and Mrs. Sinkin, Southampton, Larka; hc; Mrs H. Thomas, Kensington, Silver Pat.
Class 13 - Chinchilla and Shaded Silver Female: Lady Decies, Fulmer Zaida; 2. Miss Chamberlayne, Norwood Cap and Bells; 3, Mrs. E A Clark, Ashbrittle San Toy; r , Mrs. Marriott, Whitehall Peace; vhc, Miss Forrell, Cornwall Lilliett, Miss Chamberlayne, Garboldieham Papose, Mrs. E. A. Clark, Ashbrittle Fair Lady; hc, Mrs. W. P. Cubitt, Norfolk, The Nun of Bromholme, and Miss A. Leake, Reading, The Elder Miss Bloxom of Dingley.
Class 14 - Tabby, Male: 1, Miss Darby Hyde, Hertford Heath; 2. Miss Nora Kerswell, Stent, Ilaris; 3, Miss Derby Hyde, Thames Valley Argent; vhc, Mr. T. Plater, Camberley; hc, Mrs. McLaren Morrison, Northallerton, Shah Jehan.
Class 15. - Silver Tabby, Female: 1, Miss E. M. Cope, Birmingham. Roiall Fluffball; 2, Miss J. Cox. Highcliff Beauty: 3, Miss E. M. Cope, Dewdrop; vhc. Miss Power. Newbury, Watership Zelica, and Miss E. A. Painter, Northleach Queenie.
Class 16. - Smoke, Male: 1, Mrs. Harold V. James; 2, Mrs James;3, Mrs. J. Gerrish, Keynesham, Peter; vhc, Mrs. C Foulds, Manchester, Prince of Hulme, Mrs. James, Backwell Jorrocks; Mr. J. H. Whatmough, Oldham, Orleans Duke, and Mrs. Sinkins, Teufal.
Class 17 - Smoke. Female: 1, Mrs. V. C. Longhurst, Bromley, Wee Wee; 2, Mrs. W. P. Cubitt, Minouche; 3. Mrs. James, Backwell Jae; r, Mrs. W . H. Brain, Cardiff, Backwell Julia; vhc, Miss Persse, Lynton, “Twee”, and Mrs. James, Backweil Juno.
Class 18. - Novice, Chinchilla Shaded Silver, Silver Tabby and Smoke: 1, Mrs. J. Gerrish, Peter; 2, Mrs. G. L. Harber, Liverpool, Bulgerina; 3. Mrs. James, Backwell Jad; vhc. Miss Persse, Twee, Mrs. E. H. Godsal, Whitechurch, Iscoyde Furzan, Mrs. E. A. Clark, The Absent Minded Beggar, Mrs. E. A. Clark, Ashbrittle San Toy, Miss E. Annely Phayre, Weston, Bath, Lord Victor of Ormond, and Mrs. James. Backwell Jorrocks.
Class 19 - Breeders, Chinchilla or Shaded Silver, Silver Tabby and Smoke. Cats or Kittens: 1, Mrs E. H. GodsaL, Iscoyd Farran; 2,Miss E. M. Cope, Roiall Fluffball; 3, Miss Chamberlayne, Star the Spheres; r. Mrs. W. P. Cubitt, The Nun of Bromholme; vhc, Mr. T. Phillips, Lord Clifton, Miss J. Cox, Highcliffe Beauty, Mrs. E. H. Hamilton, Pepita, Miss E. M. Cope, Dewdrop, Mrs. Harber, Bulgerina, and Mrs Sinkins, Teufel
Class 20 – Kitten, Chinchilla or Shaded Silver. 1, MissSnell, Firefly; 2, Miss Snell, Peep o' Day; 3 and r, Miss L. Ford, Farnham, Shaloon, and Moonray; vhc, Mrs. B. Miles, Lyndhurst, Anemoneffi; hc, Mrs. Sinkins, Silverra.
Class 21 – Kitten, Silver Tabby and Smoke: 1, Mrs. Gregory, Thisbe; 2, Mrs. G. L. Harber, Bulgerina; 3, Miss E. M. Cope, Roiall Reinette.
Class 22 - Orange, Male: 1, Mrs. McLaren Morrison, Puck; 2, Mrs Vida, Torrington Sunnyside; 3, Mrs. Vidal, Sydenham, Russet; r, Miss Winifred Beal, Darlington, Ronaldkirk Minotaur; vhc, Mr. Francis Neat, The King's Own; hc. Miss Winifred Beal,. The Red Rover.
Class 23. – Orange, Female: 1, Miss Winifred Beal, Ronaldkirk Garnet; 2, Mrs. D’Arcy Hildyard, Marlborough, Mehitahel of the Durhams; 3. Mrs. M. E. Spofforth, Edgbaston, Chrysantha; vhc. Mrs. Vidal, Calendula.
Class 24 - Cream, Male – 1, Miss Winifred Beal; 2, Mrs F.W. Western, Sandy, Matthew of the Durhams; 3, Miss Robinson, Richmond, Yorks, Mike; r, Mrs. F. Norris, Kew Ronald; vhc, Miss B. Cornish-Bowden, South Brent, Devon, Devonshire Cream.
Class 25. - Cream, Female: 1, Mrs D'Arcy Hildyard, Miriam of the Durhams; 2, Mrs. D'Arcv Hildyard, Hazeldine of the Durhams; 3, Miss Winifred Beal, Ronaldkirk Flirt; vhc, Mrs. D'Arcy Hildyard, Josephine of the Durhams.
Class 26. – Tortoiseshell, Male and Female: 1, Mrs. E. W. Western, Wynnstay Popinjay; 2, Miss Mildred Beal, Pansy, and Miss A. Bennet, Queen of Sheba (equal); 3, Miss K. Sangster, Southsea; vhc, Miss Terrell, Lorna Doone.
Class 27. - Novice, Orange. Cream, and Tortoiseshell: 1, Mrs. Vidal, Dandelion. 2, Mrs D'Arcy Hildyard, Mehitabel of the Durhams. 3, Miss Robinson, Ronaldkirk Mike, r, Miss A Bennet, Queen of Sheba.
Class 28. – BrownTabby, Male: 1. Mrs. B. Palmers Clifton, Clifton King: 2, Miss Power, Watership Tiger Boy; 3 Mrs. G. Wilson, Sydenham Sceptre .
Class 29. - Brown Tabby. Female: 1, Miss R. Whitney,. Dublin, Brayfort Hina; 2, Miss R. Whitney, Brayfort Princess: 3, Mrs. H. B. Palmer, Clifton Verna; r, Miss Nora I.ees, . Bournemouth, Lingmoor Bettinda; vhc, Miss E. R. Morrison, Birmingham Kinza.
Class 30. – Neuter, Self Colour: W. F. Williams. Barnstaple, Blue Boy Chummie.
Class 31. - Neuter. any colour except blue, black, white: 1, Miss Nora Lees, Lingmoor Tom; 2. Mrs. R. Whitney, Brayfort Persimmon Laddie; 3. Hon. P . Wodehouse, Wilton Blue Hyacinth, and Mrs. Gregory, Lonsdale Chrysalis II; r, Miss Chamberlayne, Belvedere Tiger; hc. Miss Nora Lees, Lingmoor Harry; c, Mrs. Boyce, Fus.
Class 32. - Any Other Colour Kitten: t, Miss A. Lawford, Exeter, Prince Blue Eyes; 2, Mrs. G. Wilson, Sceptre of Arrandale
Class 33. - Brace, any colour: 1, Lady Decies; 2, Mrs. James: 3. Miss E. M. Cope, Roiall Fluffback [Fluffball?] and Dewdrop; r, Miss Chamberlayne, Belvedere Tiger and Cap and Bells: vhc. Miss White Atkins, The White Knight and The Brushwood Boy; hc. Miss Derby Hyde, Thames Silver King and Thames Valley Argent; c, Mrs. E. A. Clark, The Absentminded Beggar and Ashbrittle San Toy.
Class 34. – Team, any colour: 1. Mrs. Harold V. James. Backwell Juno, Ch Backwell Jogram, Backwell Jubilee II, Backwell Jael and Backwell Jackanapes; 2, Miss R. Whitney, Brayfort Persimmon Laddie, Brayfort Princess, and Brayfort Hina; 3. Miss Chamber ayne, Belvedere Tiger, Cap and Bells, and Garboldism Papose; r, Miss Derby Hyde, Thames Valley Silvertoes. Thames Valley Silver Queen, Thames Valley Silver Princess, Thames Valley Silver King, Thames Valley Argent, and Roly Poly San; vhc, Mrs. Vidal, Russett, Torrington Sunnysides, Calendula, and Dandeliion, and Mrs. Finnie Young, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Queen of the Meadow, Blue-eyed Sirdar, and Chiffon Blue; hc Mrs. E. A. Clark, Ashbrittle San Toy, The Absent-minded Beggar, and Ashbrittle Fair Lady; c Miss Hamilton, Rozelle Kittikins, Rozelle Beauty, and Rozelle Ronaldine.
Class 35.--Selling Class, Any Colour or Sex : 1. Mrs. F. W. Western. Wynstay Popinjay: 2. Miss E. Leslie, Heme Bay, Ruffie Divernon; Mrs. W. P. Cubitt. The Nun of Bromholme; r., Mrs. H. B. Palmer, Clifton Otter; vhc. Mrs. H. B. Palmer, Clifton Smutty.
Class 36. - Ring Class for neuters only: 1, Miss R. Whitney; 2. Mrs. Boyce; 3. Mrs. Lees; r, Miss Phayre; vhc Miss Lees; hc. Mrs. Gregory.
Class 37. – Black or White, Male and Female: 1, Lady Decies, Fulmer Snowflake: 2. Hon. P. Wodehouse, White Devil. 3. Mr. F. W. Western. Prickly Pear; r, Mrs. Nott, King of Blacks; vhc Mr. A. C. Brackstone, Bath, Bath Surprise; hc Mrs. W. Dickenson, Bath, Bath White Eclipse.
Class 38. - Silver Tabby, Male; 1, Mrs. Collingwood, Ch. James II; 2, Lady Decies, Fulmer Ping Pong; 3, Mrs. H.B. Palmer. Silver Prince.
Class 39. - Silver Tabby, Female- 1, Mrs. C.M. Bonny, Hassocks, Dame Fortune; 2, Mrs. C. M. Bonny, Heather Belle, Mrs. Collingwood, Muttie; r Mrs. H. B. Palmer. Silver Princess.
Class 40. - Any Other Colour Tabby, male or female: 1, Mr. R. Kuhnel, Bradford, Coronation King; Mrs. Collingwood, Clem.
Class 41. - Blue, Male or Female: 1, Mrs. E. A. Clark, Ashbrittle Peter; 2, Mrs. E. A. Clark, Ashbrittle Petti Sing: 3, Mr. George Mariner, Bath, Blue Bell; r Mr. George Mariner, Daisy of Bath; vhc Mrs. H. Kelly, Ilfracombe, Kitty.
Class 42. - Kitten, Any Variety or Colour: 1, Mrs. E. A. Clark, Ashbrittle Peter: 2, Mrs. Collingwood, Muttie; 3, Mrs. W. T. Jarvis. Southampton, Comanie.
Class 43 - Brace: Mrs. C.M. Bonny. Heather Belle and Dame Fortune: 2. Lady Decies, Fulmer Snowflake and Fulmer Ping Pong; 3, Mrs. Collingwood, Clem and Ch James II; r., Mr. A. C. Brackstone, Bath Surprise and Bath Phoenix.
Class 44. - Team: 1, Mrs. H. B. Palmer, Silver Prince IV, Silver Princess, and Clifton Blue Boy.
Class 45. - Selling Class, price not to exceed £3 3s.: 1, Mr G. Mariner, Daisy of Bath; 2, Mrs. Johnstone; 3, Miss Micklethwaite, Chepstow. Tiger.
Class 46. - Manx. Male: 1, Mrs. Harpur, Poole, Deemster.
Class 47. - Manx. Female: 1, Mrs. Harpur, Rotha; 2, Mr. V. S. Lowe, Manchester, Mona's Queen.
Class 48. - Manx. Novice: 1. Mr. V. S. Lowe, Ramsey Empress: 2, Mrs. Harpur, Deemster; 3, Mrs. Harpur, Rotha.
Class 49. - Long-haired. Male, or Female, any colours: 1. Mrs. F. C Long, white; 2, Miss Hamilton, Rozelle Kittikens; 3, Mrs. T. G. King and Mr. S. Clare (equal); vhc Mr. A. C. Brackstone, Mrs. Press, Mrs. J. Gerrish; hc, Mr. S. Taylor, Miss Hamilton, and Mrs. Urch;.
Class 50. - Long-haired. Kitten, any colour: 1, Miss Hamilton; 2, Mrs. Jackson; 3, Miss M. Bowring and Miss H. Gale (equal); r Mrs. Gregory; vhc Miss M. Bowring, Mrs. Press, Miss E. Annesley Phayre; hc Mr. A. J. Linton, Mrs. Horstmann; c Mrs. A. Snow.
Class 51.- Short-haired Male, oi Female, any colour: 1, Mr. A. C. Brackstone; 2, Mr. D.Mahoney; 3. Mr. A. C. Brackstone; r Mrs. W. Dickinson; vhc Mrs. Lewis, Mr. L. H. Harden, Mrs. H. W Matthews; hc Miss A. Brown, Mr. E. H. Grover.
Class 52. - Kitten, any colour, Short-haired: 1, Mr.. E. Ogburn; 2, Mrs. E. Gear; 3 Miss L. Wyatt; r Mr. Lovett.
Class 53. - Neuter, any variety, Long or Shorthaired: 1, Miss M. Bowring; 2, Miss Edith Brown; 3, Miss Payne and Mr. A. Hewitt (equal); r Miss Hancock; vhc Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. A E. Sleigh, Mrs. McCarthy; hc Mr. C. Fletcher, Mr. C Garrawav, Mrs. F. Moore, Mrs. Baker, Mr. G. F. Biggs, Mrs. K. M. Sims, Mr. W. Dickinson, Mr. W. Brown, Mr. W. Silvester, Mr. G. W. Holloway;. c Mr. A. Withers, Mr. D. Roser, Miss Blanche Bedford, Miss M. Berry, Miss Daisy Cottrell, Mrs. Murray, and Miss C. Palmer.
Challenge prize tor the best Blue Male, to be won three times, and silver and enamel badge to commemorate the win. - Mrs. Gregory.
Challenge prize for the best Blue Female, to be won three times, and silver and enamel badge to commemorate the win. - Miss Terrill.
Badge for the best Blue Kitten, bred by exhibitor. - Miss Hamilton.
Badge for the best Blue Neuter. - Mr. W.F Williams.
Miss Jay's, for the best Blue Female in Novice Class. - Mrs. F. Young.
Mrs. Allen's, for the best Blue Male Kitten. - Miss Hamilton.
Mrs. Norris's, for the best Blue Female Kitten. - Mr. Witt.
Mr. F. S. Clarke's, for the best Orange Eyes in Blue Female Cat Class. - Mrs. Young
Miss F. Simpson's, for the best Orange Eyes in Blue Male Cat Class. - Miss Homfrey.
Miss E. Goddard's, for the best-coated Female Blue Cat. - Miss Terrill.
Mrs. Mocatra's, for soundest-coloured Blue Male Cat. - Mrs. J. H. Boulter.
Mrs. Bernard Westworth's, for the best Blue Male in Novice Class. - Miss Hamilton.
Mrs. H. B. Palmer’s for the best Orange Eyes in the Male and Female Kitten Class, Miss Hamilton.
SILVER AND SMOKED PERSIAN CAT SOCIETY (LIMITED TO MEMBERS ONLY).
£5 5s. challenge cup for the best Male in the S.S.P.C.S. Classes, to be won three times, Mrs. James. A silver monogram spoon to commemorate each win. Mrs. James.
£4 4s. challenge cup for the best Female in the S.S.P.C.S. Classes, to be won three times, Lady Decies. A silver monogram spoon to commemorate each win, Lady Decies.
The S CR. challenge trophy for best Cat in S.S.P.C.S. Classes, bred by exhibitor, to be won three times, Mrs. James. A silver monogram spoon to commemorate each win. Mrs. James.
The Countess Aberdeen gives a challenge trophy (model of a cat) for the best Silver Tabby bred by exhibitor, to be won three times. Miss Cope. A silver monogram spoon to commemorate each win. Miss Cope.
A silver bowl for the best Chinchilla Male or Female, to be won times. Lady Decies. A silver monogram spoon to commemorate each win, Lady Decies.
Lady Marcus Beresford's silver challenge cup for best Smoke Female, bred by exhibitor, to be won three times, Mrs. James. A silver monogram spoon to commemorate each win, Mrs. James.
Mrs. H.V. James's, an antique silver challenge spoon for the best Smoke Cat, bred by exhibitor, to be won three times, Mrs. James.
A silver monogram spoon for the best Neuter in the S.S.P C,S. Classes, Mrs Boyce, Kensington
The S.S.P.C.S.'s, silver medal for the best Chinchilla Male, Mrs Morrison.
Ditto, Chinchilla Female,
Ditto, Silver Tabby Miss Derby Hyde.
Ditto, Female, Miss Cope.
Ditto, Smoke Tabby Male, Mrs. James.
Ditto, Female, Mrs. Longhurst. Bromley.
Best Neuter in S.S.P.C.S. Classes, Mrs. Boyce.
Silver medal for best Kitten in S.S.P.C.S. Classes, Mrs. James.
Mrs. H. V. James's. 10s. 6d. for the first prize Chinchilla or Shaded Silver Male, Mrs. Morrison.
Mrs. Sinkins's. 10s. 6d. for the first prize Chinchilla or Shaded Silver Female, Lady Decies.
Mrs. E. A. Clark's, a Syrian flower pot for the best Green Eys in the Female Chinchilla Class, Mrs. Clark.
Mrs Robotham's. 10s. 6d. for the first prize Cat the S.S.P.C.S. Breeders' Class, Mrs. James.
Mr. Western's, for the best Novice Chinchilla Male, Mrs. Clark.
Mrs. Wellbye's, for the best Chinchilla Male under one year, bred by exhibitor, Mrs. Morrison.
SPECIALS OFFERED BY THE S.S.P.CS., open to members of any of the Specialist Societies supporting the Show: -
Mrs. Sinkins's, 10s. 6d for the first prize Smoke Female, Mrs. Longhurst.
Mrs. Cartwright's 10s. 6d for the second prize Smoke Male, bred by exhibitor, Mrs. .lames.
Mr. Frank Leigh's 10s 6d. for the first prize Silver Tabby Male, Miss Derby Hyde.
Miss Anderson Leake's 10s. 6d. for the first prize Silver Tabby Female, Miss Cope.
Miss Leslie's 5s for the first prize Smoke Kitten, Mrs Gregory.
Mrs. Hamilton's, for the best Smoke with a light undercoat, Mrs. Gregory.
Mrs. Walwyn's, 5s. for the best Smoke Female with orange eyes and a white undercoat, Mrs Longhurst.
The Hon. Mrs. M. S. Morrison's, for the best Silver Tabby Novice Female, Mrs. Clark.
Mr. Dewar's silver spoon and fork in case, for the best Chinchilla or Shaded Silver in the Breeders’ Class, Mrs. Cubitt.
Miss Cope's, for the most clearly-marked Silver Tabby Cat or Kitten, Miss Snell.
Miss Cope's, for the best Silver Tabby Kitten, bred by exhibitor, Miss E. M. Cope.
CHINCHILLA CAT CLUB'S (MEMBERS ONLY).
Ten and six for the best Chinchilla Male, Miss Morrisson.
Ten and six for the best Chinchilla Female, Lady Decies.
Ten and six for the best Chinchilla Kitten, Miss Snell.
ORANGE AND TORTOISES HELL SOCIETY'S CHALLENGE PRIZES.
A pearl and Sapphire brooch, presented by Mrs. Hildyard, for the best Cream Male, and special to commemorate the win, Miss Beal.
A pearl and enamel brooch for the Cream Female, and special to commemorate the win. Mrs. Hildyard.
A pearl and turquoise brooch for the best Orange Male, and special to commemorate the win, Mrs. Morrison.
A pearl and enamel brooch for the best Orange Female, and special to commemorate the win, Miss Beal.
A gold curb bracelet, presented by Mrs. Hildyard, for the best Tortoiseshell, and special to commemorate each win, Mrs. Western.
Mrs. Hildyard's, for the 2nd prize Cream Male, Mrs. Western.
Mrs. Hildyard’s, for the 2nd prize Orange Male, Mrs. VidaL
BLACK AND WHTTE CLUB'S.
Mr. R. Little for the best Long-haired Black exhibit, Mrs. Wignall.
The B. and nd W.S., a special for the best Longhaired White Male (members only), Miss Horril.
Miss White-Atkins’s, a special for the best Long-haired White Female (members only), Miss Kerswell.
Mrs. Hallen's, 5s. for the best Manx Kitten, Mr. Lowe.
Mrs Harpur's, a silver medal for the best Manx Cat owned by a member (D.N.C.), Mr. Lowe.
THE CAT CLUB'S SPECIALS – Open to members of the Cat Club.
Silver Medal for the best Long-haired Silver Tabby Male or Female. - Miss Cope.
Silver Medal for the best Long-haired Blue Male or Female. - Mrs. Gregory.
Small Silver Medal for the best Manx. - Mr. Lowe.
Midland Counties Cat Club's silver medal for the best cat owned by a member - Lady Decies.
Ditto for the best kitten. - Miss Snell.
OPEN SPECIALS (LONG-HAIRED).
Lady Marcus Beresford's, for the best Longhaired Cat in the Show. - Lady Decies.
Mrs. Percy Tanner's, for the best Long-haired Kitten in the Show. - Mrs. Gregory.
Miss Simpson's, for the best Long-haired Kitten in the Show. - Mrs. Gregory.
Mrs. E. J. Gregory's, for the best Black Male Persian with Orange Eyes. - Mrs. Wignall.
Mr. M. Pollock's Original Statuette, for the best White Female Long-hair with Blue Eyes (members of B. and W.S. only). - Miss Kerswell.
BROWN TABBIES. LONG-HAIR (OPEN).
Miss Whitney's Silver Paper Knife for the best Brown Tabby Male (D.N.C.). - Mrs. Palmer.
Miss Whitney's ditto, for the best Brown Tabby bred by Exhibitor (D.N.C.). - Miss Power.
Miss Whitney's ditto for the best Brown Tabby Kitten (D.N.C.). - Mr. Linton.
Mrs. Morrison's (Scotland) Special for the best Brown Tabby Kitten. - Mr. Linton.
Mrs. Spackman, 10s.6d. for the best Orange Female. - Miss Beal.
Miss Siimpson's Special, for the best Cat in the Ring Class. -Mrs. Whitney.
Mrs. H. V. James's Special, for the second best Cat in the Ring Class. - Mrs. Boyce.
SHORT-HAIR SPECIALS (OPEN, unless otherwise stated).
Mrs. W. H. Brain's Silver-mounted Carvers, for the best Short-haired Orange Tabby Male or Female. - Mr. Kuhnel, Bradford.
Mrs. Collingwood's, for the best Short-haired Cat. - Lady Decies.
Mrs. Bonny's Painting, for the best Silver Tabby – Mrs. Collingwood.
Mr. C. H. Lane's Silver Medal, for the best Short-haired Silver Tabby not exceeding 12 months. - Mrs. Bonny.
Ditto. Brown Tabby. - Miss L. Wyatt.
Mrs. Palmer's, for the best Short-haired Kitten.- Mrs. E. A. Clark.
Mrs. H. V. James's, for the best Brace of Short-haired Cats. - Mrs. Bonny.
Mrs. H. V. James's, for the best Team of Short-haired Cats. – Mrs. Palmer.
Lady Marcus Beresford'3, for the best Cat in Local Classes. - Mr. Brackstone.
Miss F. Simpson's, for the best Short-haired Kitten in Class 52. - Mrs. Ogbourn.
Mrs. W. Symes's 10s. 6d. for the best Shorthaired Silver Brown Tabby in Class 52. - Miss Wyatt.
The Cat Club's Bronze Medal, for the best Short-haired Brown Tabby in the Local Classes. - Miss Wyatt.
The Cat Club's Bronze Medal, for the best Short-haired Silver Tabby in the Local Classes. - Mrs. Baker.
Mrs. G. H. Billett's Special for the best Neuter in Class 53.- Miss M. Bowering.
Silver Plated Butter Dish, by a Member of Committee, for the best Tortoiseshell in Class 49. - Mr. Mead.
10s. by Mr. F. Tonar, M.R.C.V.S.. for the best Kitten in 50. - Miss Hamilton.
Pair Terra Vases by Mr. W. Sants for best White in Class 49. - Mr. F. C. Long.
5s. by Mr. A. Wyatt for best Brace of Cats shown by a Local Exhibitor. - Mr. Brackstone
A Cat Basket by Mrs. Urch, for best Kitten shown by a Lady in the Local Classes. - Miss Hamilton.
Mrs. Kirk's, for best Long-haired White Female with Blue Eyes (Novice). - Mrs. Langford Sainsbury.
Mrs. Kirk's for best Long-haired Black Male with Orange Eyes (Novice). - Mrs. Wignall.
Lady Marcus Beresford's for the best Shorthaired Blue Female. - Mrs. Clark.
Mrs. H. R. Palmer's Silver Cake Knife, for the best Sable Tabby Neuter, long hair. - Mrs R. Whitney.
Mrs. Ormerod’s Silver Serviette Ring for the best Chinchilla Female (S.S.P.C.S. members only); - Lady Decies.
Miss B. Clarke's 5s. for the First Prize Smoke Male. - Mrs. James.
1904 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW.– The Times, Friday, October 28, 1904
The 16th exhibition of the National Cat Club opened at the Crystal Palace yesterday, and will remain open till this evening. More than 500 animals are shown in 100 classes, with competitions for special prizes in addition. In the blue classes there are some very good specimens, as there are also among the 25 silver tabby entries. The smooth-haired Siamese cats attracted much attention, and there are fine animals among the red tabbies and tortoiseshells. Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, the patroness of the club, exhibits in the “blue” class, in the chinchillas, and in the longhaired neuters. Sir Claud Alexander and Lady Alexander have 26 animals on show in various classes, winning a number of prizes. Lady Decies has nine animals entered for 17 classes, and has been awarded numerous prizes. Among other exhibitors are Lady Aberdeen, Miss A. K. Clifton, Mrs. Herring, Mrs. C. L. Kennaway, Miss Meeson, Mrs. Thorpe Slingsby, and, Mrs. P. W. Western. The National Cat Club ten guinea challenge cup for the best long-haired male or female cat in the show was awarded to Lady Decies for Fulmer Zaida, a female chinchilla, to whom also went the first prize in the class and four special prizes. The Rotherham challenge bowl, value ten guineas, for the best English short-haired male or female cat in the show was won by Lady Alexander with the best male cat in the red tabby class. Champion prizes were awarded to Mr. Godfrey Shaw, Mrs. F. Norris, Miss L. Ford, Mrs. Slingsby, Miss R. Whitney, Mrs. Colling* wood, and Mr. Hugh Maxwell. In the blue female class competition was keen, and an extra first prize was awarded, one going to Mrs. W. A. Leycock and the other to Lady Aberdeen, who also look the special prize for the best kitten in the show.
SOME ARISTOCRATIC CATS AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE.
The Tatler, 9th November 1904
These pictures illustrate five out of the 550 entries at the sixteenth annual championship show of the National Cat Club which was held recently at the Crystal Palace. There were on this occasion no fewer than a hundred different classes, and all the best-known types were well represented.
Among the long-haired blues were some excellent specimens, and the silver tabbies were lovely. The former type are for the most part of Russian parentage and accredited by breeders with more intelligence than any other long-haired species. Chinchillas are still a difficult race, the only perfect specimen in the shows for the past six years being Lady Decies's Zaida. Most of the animals benched were really silver tabbies, which have become celebrated for their great size and strong constitution. Some of the whites appeared to have diminished in bulk, although in the case of the winners there was nothing to complain of in this respect.
The smooth-haired Siamese cats attracted much attention, and there were fine-looking creatures among the red tabbies and tortoise- shells. There was a fine exhibition of silver tabbies which varied considerably in the marking. Oranges and sables have become very fashionable, while blacks were conspicuously absent owing perhaps to the condition that their eyes must be orange.
Princess Victoria of Schleswig- Holstein, the patroness of the club, exhibited blues, chinchillas, and long-haired neuters. Lady Alexander had twenty-six animals on show in various classes and carried off several prizes, among them the Rotherham challenge bowl, value 10 guineas, for the best English short-haired cat in the show. Lady Decies had nine animals entered for seventeen classes and was awarded, among other prizes, the National Cat Club 10-guinea challenge cup for Fulmer Zaida, a female chinchilla, the best long-haired cat in the show.
CATS OF HIGH DEGREE AT RECENT SHOW – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 4th December, 1904
There was a cat show held in London recently. It was a fashionable affair as well as an occasion of interest for the ordinary admirers of this domestic pet. The exhibit took place at the Crystal Palace and all varieties of cats were admitted. As there was no limit to the number of entries some of the exhibitors showed a number of handsome animals, one titled cat lover having twenty-three pets in the show. Many of the finest cats were owned by women, the chinchilla pictured above being the property of a fair member of the royal family. The foreign breeds — Abyssinian and Siamese — were also entered by women. So, too, were the other cats included in the above group. The show is reported to have been an excellent one and the cats accepted with complacency the attention lavished upon them, although the old stagers dozed away as many minutes as they could and left the kittens to do the playing.
THE QUEEREST PUSSIES – The Indianapolis News, 9th January, 1904
At a large cat show given in London during the month of November , some very extraordinary cats were placed on exhibition. Among the sensations of the benches was a splendid specimen of a Madagascar cat answering to the name of Majunga. He was not two years old and showed himself devoted to his English master. This queer feline is seldom seen in civilized parts. To the ordinary observer, unversed in cat lore, it greatly resembles a monkey. Another rare specimen shown was a leopard cat, owned by a lady from the county of Norfolk. This was an imported pet about a year old, spotted like a leopard; and with the walk and action of one. He seemed to be vastly indignant at the confinement of his pen, though it was a large one, and also at the curious crowds which surrounded it. The class of Siamese cats and kittens was also a curious one, at least to the average onlooker The Ranee is one of the best Siamese kittens ever exhibited. The heavy marking of ears, nose etc., gives her a weird, outlandish appearance.
A MADAGASCAR CAT – The Winnipeg Tribune, 30th January, 1904
At a recent cat show the sensation of the benches was a peculiar specimen of cat from Madagascar. This Mayunga cat resembles a monkey and is seldom seen in civilised parts of the world. His habits are much like those of the monkey, as he lives In trees and clings to the branches with his hand- like paws and his tall much in the same manner as his simian cousin which he so startlingly resembles.
1904 CHELTENHAM SHOW
CHELTENHAM FANCIERS’ SOCIETY GREAT SHOW in THE WINTER GARDEN. Gloucestershire, 21 November 1906
The great show of the Cheltenham Fanciers’ Society which is in progress [at the Winter Garden] includes poultry, mice, rats, rabbits, cats, guinea pigs, pigeons, ducks, cage birds, and a number of etceteras. In numbers the entries, which total 2,400, easily head those of any previous exhibition of the society, and generally speaking, the exhibits are thoroughly representative of the best of their kind, for not only has a good local entry been secured, but the patronage of the Championship Cat Club […] and other national societies raised various departments of the show to national importance.
In walking round the show a number of salient features at once attract attention, the chief of which is undoubtedly the magnificent entry of cats, and the splendid all-round quality of the felines. The entry, in fact, is about 50 more than at the last show, and the exhibitors, who include Lady Decies and Lady Alexander, are among the most noted of the land in this fancy.
The show was formally declared open at midday by the president of the society (Col. Rogers, V.D.), inviting whom to perform that pleasant task. Mr. J. H Evans (chairman of the committee) said they had got together some of the very best exhibits in all sections, nor had they spared any expense in getting the very highest authorities as judges. They were banded together as fanciers for the object of promoting the growth of fancies of all kinds, and he was indeed happy to see such a splendid show. Col. Rogers, [. . .] nor must they forget their friends the cats of which he had never seen a finer lot.
The judges, who included some of the best known men connected with the various fancies, were the following:- Cats Miss Frances Simpson, Mr. T. B. Mason, and Mrs. Hillyard. Particulars of the awards will appear in the Echo” to-morrow.
CHELTENHAM FANCIERS' ASSOCIATION. BIG SHOW AT THE WINTER GARDENS. Gloucester Citizen, 23 November 1904
The annual show of the Cheltenham Fanciers’ Association was opened on Wednesday at the Winter Gardens, Cheltenham, and the two days’ exhibition is undoubtedly one of the best in the country. It is not so stupendous as last year, when the space of the large building was completely exhausted by the cages and pens of the furred and feathered tribes, but this is to be ascribed to the absence of [several poultry clubs]. The judges in the various classes are:- Cats, Rabbits and Cavies: Mrs Herbert Ransome, Miss Frances Simpson, and Mr. T.B. Mason.
CATS. A very strong class which provided the judges with no easy task. In the open department, Lady Decies won four firsts. Mrs. Collingwood, Leighton Buzzard, secured the same number (all for short-haired cats or kittens). Mrs. Sinkins, Southampton, Geoffrey Shaw, Hayward’s Heath, and Hugh Maxwell, Ayr, were the other notable victors. W. H. Head (Cheltenham) won the two local prizes, and the first card for a blue female (open). The Colmore silver challenge vase, value 14 guineas, open to all, and presented by Mr. W. B. Cregoe Colmore for the best cat in the show, and the National Cat Club Silver medal was carried off by Mrs. Collingswood, with Champion Miss Toodles.
Cheltenham Looker-On - Saturday 26 November 1904
The Opening of the yearly exhibition of the Cheltenham Fanciers' Association took place on Wednesday. The attendance included Lady Decies, the Mayor (Mr. G. Dimmer), Mrs. Herbert Ransome, Mrs. Collingwood, and Miss Frances Simpson. The number of exhibits was about the average, but the quality of the poultry was exceedingly good ; in fact, better had not been seen by some of the oldest attendants of the show. Lady Decies sent her famous £1,000 cat, while the mice - one of which is valued at £250 - totalled the record number of 410, and the National Mouse Association favoured the town for the third consecutive time by selecting the venue for its show. Unfortunately the heavy fall of snow prevented a large number visitors from attending.
1905 VARIOUS CAT SHOWS
PRIZES FOR ALL KINDS OF CATS – The Daily Republican, 23rd June, 1905
Prizes were offered at an English cat show for the happiest cat, the best performing cat, and the funniest cat.
1905 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
CATS The Bystander, November I, 1905
THE Cat Show at the Crystal Palace is altogether a lighter, more frivolous, and - dare one say it - a prettier Show than that of the Dogs, which immediately precedes it every year at Sydenham. There were six hundred pussies assembled last week at the Palace, who came from all nations, and were of all shapes, sizes, and colours; and Mr. Louis Wain, one of the judges, who ought to know, said this year’s Show was one of the best he had ever seen, the reason being, he said, that there were more long-haired cats than formerly.
“A long-haired cat ,” he explained, “has more mind and more beauty than a short-haired one.’’
The close-cropped, military-looking cat, therefore, is no longer to be considered “form” when the longhaired, aesthetic genus is around, from which one may suppose that the cat-world is at present passing through a phase like that which was, some fifteen or twenty years ago, suffered by the human species. Our illustrations show some of the prettiest of the exhibits, including Lady Decies’ “Zaida,” which has carried off more than five hundred prizes.
CAT SHOW AT THE CRYSTAL PALACE – The Times, 27th October, 1905
The 17th champion show of the National cat Club was opened at the Crystal Palace yesterday, the entries numbering 776. The champion long-haired cat was a female Chinchilla “Ch. Fulmer Zaida,” born 1895, bred by Mrs. Blunham, and exhibited by Lady Decies. The champion short-haired cat was “Ch. Brayfort Honey,” born June 1900, bred by Mr. Thomson, and exhibited by Miss R. Whitney, of bray, county Wicklow, Ireland. A Siamese species was exhibited by Miss R. Armitage, of Pendleton, near Manchester. In the litter class there was an entry of seven kittens, and Miss E. harper, of Hayward’s-heath showed a single kitten possessing very fine blue eyes. Mrs Pettit of St. Leonards-on-Sea, showed a white cat, which was said to be the most savage animal in the show. Another fine cat was exhibited by Mrs. H. greenwood, or Morecombe. Of a litter of Siamese kittens exhibited by Miss J. Hemming, of Hilsea, Hants, each kitten was priced at £5. The exhibition continues open to-day. Mr. Louis Wain is chairman of the committee, and Dr. Roper, a well-known cat expert, hon. Secretary.
1906 SCOTTISH CAT CLUB SHOW
SCOTTISH CAT CLUB SHOW – The Houston Post, 11th March, 1906
As for the cat show, the annual championship opened under the auspices of the Scottish Cat club at the Waterloo rooms. The entries numbered 330, a total which compared favourably wit previous years. Many well-known champions defended their titles and altogether the general standard of merit was exceptionally high. Many valuable cups and medals as well as substantial monetary prizes were offered. Among the winners was the countess of Aberdeen, whose pets were easily first in the long-haired section of blue male and blue female. Mrs. Brown of Edinburgh carried of the honors in the white section, and Miss Beal, Darlington, led in the orange, cream or fawn class.
1907 EDINBURGH SHOW
1907 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
THE CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW - The Ladies Field, December 7, 1907, by Dick Whittington
The National Cat Club Show at the; Crystal Palace took place on November 26th and 27th. There were 416 cats entered, and though this is less than in previous years, it must be considered very satisfactory considering the many disadvantages under which the club was labouring in organising the show. Many of the cats were out of coat, and but few of the best short-hairs were present.
On the first day of the show was held the general meeting of fanciers, of which great things were expected. Little real business was done, and after much conversation there was an almost general exodus to witness the cup judging; so fanciers in general are apparently not so discontented with the existing state of things as they would have us believe. Everything decided at the meeting can, of course, only be communicated as suggestions to the N.C.C.
Mr. Corner proposed that the Northern, Midlands and Southern Counties’ Clubs should each have two representatives on the N.C.C. committee. Mr. Shaw proposed an amendment that every society and club should send a representative, not necessarily a member of the N.C.C., and that if the appointed representative could not attend a meeting a substitute might be sent. This was subsequently modified to every club consisting of not less than fifty members. The amendment was lost, and Mr. Corner's proposal carried. It was also proposed and carried that the kitten age limit should be five to nine months, and that the N.C.C. subscription should be reduced to 10s. 6d. per annum.
To return to the cats, in longhaired white males, Mrs. H. Greenwood’s White Rex won, in fine form, eyes deep blue, head might be better; second, Mr. Shaw’s Monarch, who also won the silver bowl for best kitten in the show, and the silver cup for best long-haired kitten : a fine kitten with a glorious coat, but when that goes, his head and ears will handicap him badly ; third, Lady Decies’ beautiful Fulmer White Prince, whose glorious eyes and perfect form might have placed him higher; reserve, my old friend Champion the White Knight, whose massive skull and limbs and tiny ears have never been equalled.
Females: First, Mrs. Huckan’s Peerless Blue-eyed Belle, beautiful eyes, but head might be better; second, Mrs. Pettit’s Beautiful Pearl ; third, the Hon. Mrs. McLaren Morrison’s Silverdale White Heather, might have been higher; v.h.c., Lady Decies’ exquisite Ch. Fulmer White Snow Queen, glorious eyes and a gem in every point, generally considered the best cat in the class.
Black males: First, Ch. Fulmer Black Bobbie, a grand cat for head and shape, but poor in eye ; second, Mrs. Holliday’s Ben Carlos; third, Mrs. Dee’s Earlsfield Delta, failing only in eyes ; reserve, Mrs. Stewart Dodd’s Dunsden Lord Coke, shows light frill; v.h.c., Mr. Wall’s Grouse II., good eyes.
Black females : Mrs. Morris’s well-known My Pet II., won easily, good in all points; second, Mrs. Dee’s, Earlsfield Day Dream, good in eyes, but not in the best of colour; third, Miss Chamberlayne’s Black Beast of Ravenor, loses in face.
Blue males: First, Miss Avre’s Struwwelpeter, a grand young cat, good in coat and colour and with magnificent eyes ; second,Miss Jay’s Holmwood Ray, a son of The Mighty Atom, and like his mother, indeed, like all Miss Jay’s cats, beautifully sound in colour, with a round head and tiny ears, but failing in eyes ; third, Mrs. Palmer’s orange-eyed Blue Emperor, a good head and orange eyes, but rather dark and dingy in colour.
Blue females: First, Mrs. Allen’s Blue Coat Mascot, a very good cat in all points except colour, which shades slightly to the roots; second, Miss Chichester’s Dolliebee, grand coat and head, colour sound, except for a tiny white spot; third, Mrs. E. Manuel’s Ulida.
Chinchilla males: First,the Hon. Mrs. McLaren Morrison’s Silverdale Bayard, a large, heavily-boned cat, good head and capital eyes, but dark on back and badly striped on face; second, Miss Chamberlayne’s Silver Elfin of Ravenor, better in colour, good head; third, Mrs. Wilson’s Rob Roy II. of Arrandale, also good in head, a nice colour and fairly free from markings.
Chinchilla females: First, Mrs. Wilson’s Silver Nadeshda of Arrandale, a very pale pure-coloured cat, only very faintly marked on head ; second, Mrs. Sedgewick’s Thelma Lenore, nice face and shape, but very dark in colour; third, Mrs.
Palmer’s Otto Girlie, grand head and eyes, pale and pure in colour, but marked on face; reserve, Miss Ford’s sweet-faced Roosalka. Mrs. Sinkins’s Teufel II was unfortunately alone in the smoke male class, so was awarded only second; his colour is perfect, absolutely unmarked, with pale under-coat and frill, head and bone good. He fails only in eyes.
Smoke females : First, Dr. Prior’s Bowness, a nice cat, but pinched in face ; second, Mrs. James’s Backwell Juniper and Mr. Horton’s Lincoln Imp, either of which or Miss Tiddeman’s Warley Biddy (h.c.) might have won ; reserve, Mrs. Sinkins’s Shadow, litter sister to Teufel II. and owning the orange eyes which he lacks.
The remainder of this notice is unavoidably held over until next week.
1907 SOUTHERN COUNTIES (WESTMINSTER) CAT SHOW
CAT SHOW.—THE SOUTHERN COUNTIES CAT CLUB opened its annual cat exhibition at the Royal Horticultural-hall, Westminster, yesterday. It is the largest show yet held by the club, there being nearly 600 entries, which are divided into 73 classes. The exhibitors, who number about 100, include Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, the president of the club, who shows four cats — two blues and two silvers - one of which was highly commended; Mrs. Paul Hardy and Miss R. Whitney, who were awarded the club's challenge cups for the best longhaired cat and the best long-haired kitten respectively in the show; Miss Frances Simpson, who obtained a special prize for her short-haired kitten Krom; and Lady Rachel Byng, who shows longhaired kittens in the blue neuter classes. Money prizes were awarded in each of the classes. The keenest competition was in the blue classes, the next largest classes being those for silvers. The principal class prize-winners were Mrs. Hardy, Mrs. Wellbye, Mrs. Sinkins, Miss Whitney, Mrs. Norris, and Mrs. Collingwood. Special classes are a “gift class,” in which the cats shown are offered for sale for the benefit of Our Dumb Friends' League, children’s classes, for any coloured cat or kitten, end working men's and women’s classes. The show remains open to-day. - The Times, Friday, January 11th, 1907
1908 THORNTON HEATH CAT SHOW
CATS AT THORNTON HEATH - The Ladies’ Field, February 15, 1908 by Dick Whittington
A pleasant little function was held on Thursday in the public hall, Thornton Heath, where the Fanciers’ Association gave ten cat classes in conjunction with their Poultry Show. Mr. Jeffries, an enthusiastic fancier and moving spirit in the feline department, presented a handsome cup in each class. Mrs. Kyle Battley received and entertained at luncheon the judge, Mrs. Balding, and hon. stewards, Mrs. De Morgan, the Misses Bartlett, Miss Hill Shaw and Miss Rose. Of the 100 entries twenty-six were sleek local cats “to be judged by condition only.” Special prizes numbered thirty-two. In long-hairs Mrs. Norris scored with Ch. Kew Roland for best cat present, and for best tabby with her equally famous red, following whom came Mrs. Sharland’s young sable queen, grand ground and markings, but, as at Woolwich, still too short of coat; third, Ronaldkirk Ringdove. Miss Beal also won third with her smoke in the class for that variety. In chinchilla and silver, Ravenor Cap and Bells’ unmarked chinchilla coat would not be denied, though she shows age, which is not wonderful at nine years. Mrs. Dee’s Earlsfield Detta, second to Kew Ronald in self-colours, won as best black. Blues were best represented by kittens. Mrs. Watson won easily for best present with Barry Iola, who throws back to her Blue Ruin blood, wide and low ; she has good eyes, while seldom is a coat of such length and texture seen. His clear light shade is sound to the roots. Mrs. Wise and Miss Atkinson showed high-class blues of a bright, even shade, both shapely with good eyes. Miss Bartlett’s fine kitten Olah, the best chinchilla shown, had to be content with second to Iola in the mixed class. Miss Sargent’s blue, nice in colour and eye, is off coat. In short-hairs three orange tabbies gained chief honours, all being richly coloured, with fine eyes. First and third, Hanley and Oliver, are most definitely, and second, Morley, most fully marked. Best silver tabby was Miss Rose’s nice female. Best Manx, Miss Hill Shaw’s brown.
1908 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
An article variously titled "LIGHT BLUE CATS," "CATS OF MANY COLORS" or "CATS OF NEW COLORS" appeared in various American papers between December 1908 and July, 1909, so it most likely relates to the 1908 show.
Many triumphs in original color were seen at the great champion show of cats at the Crystal palace. With the modern cat beauty is to a large extent skin deep — that is to say, coat and color reckon high, and high value is set on certain combinations of color which have only recently been achieved in their full measure. The most artistic of all modern cats is the blue Russian, of which Lady Decies has the pick and won most of the prizes. Her best exhibits are of a level light blue tint, absolutely unflecked by any other shade, and they possess that second desideratum — a copper-colored eye, which, to the regret of all cat breeders, is apt to fade into the common green with age.
In the case of the white smooth haired cat the eye should be blue, and such an animal as the unbeaten Fulmer Snowstorm is a revelation in the breeder’s power to get the pure colors he seeks. Again, the silver tabbies, whose virtue depends on the blackness of the lines and the clearness of the marking clearness of the marking between them, are preferred either with golden or green eyes. But to judge by two of the best —Miss Cope’s Royal Dame and Mrs. Slingsby’s Don Pasquale of Thorpe - the gold is preferred.
So, in the self-color “oranges,” a very popular shade in rough-haired cats, the eye matches the coat very closely. But to the public, who do not deal in special color, the smooth-haired Russian blues with the copper eyes are the most remarkable example of modern color schemes and the highly artistic cat. Some of these are worth $250, though the best are descended from a recent and blemished progenitor picked up for a song in a shop in Fulham.
The event of the day was the public judging in the middle of the hall of the best cat of the show from the select group picked out by the judges from each marked variety. Victory went to Six, a long-haired white, belonging to the Hon. Mrs. Behrens. — London Mail.
1908 SOUTHERN COUNTIES (WESTMINSTER) CAT SHOW
AT THE SOUTHERN COUNTIES CLUB SHOW - The Graphic, 25 January 1908
The aristocracy of the cat-world was brilliantly expressed at the Southern Counties Club show, organised for the benefit of the Mansion House Crippled Children’s Fund at the Royal Horticultural Hall, Westminster last week. There were 474 entries, divided into 90 classes. The cats were the best of their kinds, and all kinds were represented, and all colours – tortoiseshells, blue, orange, cream, black, white, chinchilla, and others; and names were as varied. Lady Decies’ blue beauty, “Fulmer True in the Mist,” won more prizes than any other cat in the show. It took three first, seven “specials,” and one second prize, won the Club’s Challenge Cup for the best short-haired cat, the Mason Challenge Bowl, and the Cathcart, U.S.A., Trophy. Miss Ford’s Chinchilla, “Roossalka,” won the Breeder’s Silver Challenge Cup for the best long-haired female cat. This cat won one first, one second, and thee special prizes. Mrs. Denyer’s “Lord Silvercoat” won a first prize, and Mrs. Sinkins’s “Tenfell II” a second. An Abyssinian cat was catalogued at £1,000. Photographs by T. Fall.
WESTMINSTER SHOW - The Ladies’ Field, January 25, 1908, by Dick Whittington
The Royal Horticultural Society’s hall in Vincent Square is, undoubtedly, the best hall in which a cat show has ever been held. It is large, light and airy without being draughty. The Southern Counties’ Cat Club is to be congratulated upon having held another successful and well-managed show. There was a good entry and the quality of the exhibits was first class, though there were a good many absentees through illness and other causes. Mrs. Sinkins, Mrs. Millar, Miss White Atkins, Miss Swanston and Mrs. Sangster, with other members of the committee, stuck closely to work throughout the show, and contributed largely to its success.
Long-haired cats (white males): First, the Hon. Mrs. Clive Behrens’s Swinton Pierrot I thought a lucky cat — his eyes are pale in colour and his nose is his leading feature; second, Lady Decies’s Fulmer White Prince, not in good coat, but his eyes are magnificent and his face and shape good ; third, Miss Lawford’s White Emperor, another beautiful cat with deep blue eyes; reserve, The White Knight, best head, ears and shape in the class, and far the largest, but eyes are a little pale.
White females: First, Mrs. Pettit’s well-known Beautiful Pearl, appears to carry her head a little on one side; second, Mrs. Page’s Fluff, in nice coat.
Black males or females (all these fail in eye): First, Mrs. Sharp’s Copper-Eyed Blackbird, a fine cat, very large and well shaped, good head and coat, but eyes are yellow, not orange; second, Mrs. Norris’s My Pet II., eyes rather better, but still not as deep as they should be; third, Lady Decies’s Ch. Fulmer Black Bobbie, a grand cat but for his eyes.
Blue males (I could not follow the judging here): First, Miss Soan’s Mocassin, a big, handsome, heavily-coated cat, with a broad head, but his eyes are very poor in colour and the colour of his coat is not pleasing; second, Miss Ayre’s Struwwelpeter, a magnificent animal, very large and heavily coated, with a perfect head and brilliant orange eyes, but his coat is a little dingy in colour; third, Miss Jay’s Holmwood Ray — it was impossible to inspect him, as he was buried in his straw; extra third, Miss Marquand’s Ruddington San Toy, head perfect but eyes green; reserve, Mrs. Slingsby’s Gervase of Thorpe, a really good dark blue cat with a fine head.
Blue females: First, Miss Lydia Gay’s Kuchina, did not take my fancy — she is a very dark blue, with pale eyes and large ears; second, Mrs. Douglass’s Oulton Bo-peep, scores in head and coat, but eyes and colour poor; extra second, Miss Lees’s Lingmoor Mascot, a very nice cat, lovely face and coat and fair eyes, but a little smoky behind the ears; third, Miss Soan’s Melissa; extra third, Miss Chichester’s Dollebee, a lovely cat, with huge orange eyes, a round face and neat ears — she is full of quality but loses in colour.
Smoke males : First, Miss Wallis’s Norman, a big, fine cat and good in colour, but shows face marking and coat terribly matted ; second, Mrs. Sinkins’s Teufel II., better in coat and colour, beautiful head, not quite so large; third, Mrs. Mrs. Harber’s Liverpool Rattler.
Smoke females : First, Dr. Pryor’s Bowness, a lovely cat, with good head and coat but pencilled on face ; second, Mrs. Cartwright’s Little Polly Flinders, good colour, lovely face, big eyes; third, Mrs. Clark’s Duskiana of Bath, nice colour.
Silver tabby males : First and cup, for best long-haired cat, Mrs. Slingsby’s Don Pasquale of Thorpe, very large, full of quality and carrying a nice coat of purest silver with fairly good black markings: he fails badly in face, but taken all round is a beautiful young cat, though I think lucky to win the cup (an umpire had to be called in, as the judges differed over this award) ; second, Mrs. Bergman’s Tam O’Shanter, a nicely marked cat in good coat and showing quality, but ears a bit big ; third, Miss Cochrane’s Garry Owen, large, fine head and lovely clear colour, but lacks density of marking.
Silver tabby females : First, Mrs. Sharland’s, Brosie Lass, a lovely cat with a sweet face but dingy in ground colour ; second, Miss Cochrane’s Sweet Rosemary, a sweet little cat, nicely marked; third, Mrs. Meeson’s Rettendon Pansy Face, rightly named, but for a creamy muzzle far the best in the class.
Chinchilla males : First, Mrs. Denyer’s Lord Silvercoat of Meadsgate, exquisite colour, no leg marks but dark smudge on head, eyes fair ; second, Miss Chamberlayne’s Silver Elfin of Ravenor, lovely colour, short nose and green eyes; third, Mrs. Sinkins’s Spick, only a kitten, so wants filling out, but the best colour and quality in the class ; reserve, Mrs. Wellbye’s Sir Radical.
Chinchilla females : First, Miss Ford’s Roosalka, beautiful shape and face, good colour and green eyes; second, Mrs. Denyer’s May Blossom of Meadsgate, another nice cat ; third, Master Thomas’s Fairy, sweet face.
Shaded silver males or females : First, Miss Meeson’s Seagull Duvals, a very pretty cat, snub nose, nice ears and good colour; second, Miss Bartlett’s Holmesdale Daschka, pure in colour; third, Miss Dyser’s Silver Glossie, a pale chinchilla, and a good one.
Brown tabby males: First, Mrs. Drury’s Peruke, a big, fine cat, with a nice head, light on chin and only fair in colour and markings ; second, Miss Whitney’s Ch. Brayfort Viking — his first defeat, I think—loses in head to winner, but is darker on chin, and better in colour and markings, but as he lost his temper or was seized with panic during the judging and would not be handled he had to pay the penalty; third, Miss Chamberlayne’s Russet Boy, loses in colour and marking.
Brown tabby females : First, Miss Whitney’s Brayfort Tip- topper, lovely sable ground colour, with exquisite markings, capital face and shape ; second, Mrs. Mrs. Butler’s Lucerne Mick, ground colour too cold, lips and chin white, markings good.
Orange males : First, Mrs. Norris’s Ch. Kew Red Comyn, brilliant colour, good head and tiny ears; second, Ch. Kew Red Spider, loses in face; third, Mrs. Maxwell’s Aldeboran, loses in face and colour.
Orange females: First, Miss W. Beale’s Romald Kirk Penelope, nearly self - coloured but very washy, a round face but very small ; second, Mrs. Slingsby’s Auburn of Thorpe, much better in colour and larger, but longer in nose ; third, Mrs. Bevington Smith’s Polly, another washy would-be self colour.
Cream males: First, Mrs. Norris’s Ch. Kew Ronald, huge, massive cat, fine head, eyes and coat, very sound colour; second, Hr. Helmer’s Ch. Wildon Wily, pressing him close, clearer in colour but not so dead level, his equal in all other points — a matter of taste which wins; third, Mr. Helmer’s Wildon Wilford, smaller but lovely colour, good head and eyes.
Cream females : First, Mr. Helmer’s Wildon Witch, lovely colour, wins easily; all the others show markings.
Tortoiseshells : First, Miss Chamberlayne’s Gipsy Queen of Ravenor, a very good cat, colours bright and well broken up; second, Mr. Furze's Beauty of Birmingham; third, Mr. Cannel’s Leach- more, both nice cats.
Tortoiseshell and whites: First, Mrs. Slingsby’s Rosette of Thorpe; second, Mr. Woods’ Minette, both well known.
Blue neuters : First, Mrs; Palmer’s Oscar; second, Miss McCheane’s Adel Tiddles; third, Miss Tomlinson’s Diccon of Ouseburn, all big fine cats, the first with orange eyes and the last with green.
Tabby neuters: First, Miss Lees’ lovely orange Lingmoor Tom, looking well ; second, Mrs. Corner’s Red Roy of Eversley, another big fine orange with a good coat ; third, Mrs. Mayeur’s Toddles, a fair brown tabby.
Any other colour neuters: First, Miss Lees’ Lingmoor Cream Cat, a lovely big cream, but round eyes and muzzle; second, Mrs. Boutcher’s Omeewoo, a glorious shaded silver; thirds, Mrs. Morton’s Stamford Don Q, a nice silver, and Mrs. Corner’s Tweedledum, a fine self orange.
Blue male kittens, four to seven months : First, Mrs. Bergman’s Young Lochinvar, glorious coat and colour; second and third, Miss Hodges’s Blue Bob and Blue Joe of Minley, good eyes and sound dark colour. Females: First, Mrs. Wise’s Khatum, nice eyes, fair colour, out of coat; second, Miss Savoury’s Regina, glorious eyes and face, dark colour; third, Mrs. Watson’s Barry Iola, lovely eyes, coat and colour.
Males, seven to nine months: First, Mrs. Norris’s Kew Brushwood Boy, huge, heavy bone, fine head and good eyes; second, Mrs. Slingsby’s Lubin of Thorpe, a fine cat; third, Mr. Smith's St. Anthony, loses in eyes and colour. Females: First, Mrs. Steel’s Worton Milly, pretty face, nice eyes and coat; second, Mrs. Wynn’s Antonia di Padua, glorious eyes; third, Mrs. Fisher’s White Honoria of Highgate, lovely colour, nice face, loses in eyes.
The winning smoke kitten, Smoke Pearl, is lovely in colour, with a nice face and ears and good eyes.
The chinchilla kittens were distinguished for their lovely colour and sweet faces. Miss Tyser, with Binfield Jim, Lady Tina and Bartlett, with the exquisite silver Olah, won the chief prizes, and Mrs. Welbye’s Count Robert was second.
In silver tabbies first went to Miss Cochrane’s nicely-marked Artful Dodger, and second to Mr. Maynard's clear-coloured Horndean Garry.
Brown tabby kittens: First, Miss Whitney’s Brayfort Tigerine, grand colour and markings, good face, sound chin ; second, Miss Cochrane’s Jenny Wren, ground colour wants warmth, and chin and throat light, but markings perfect and head good ; third, Miss Cochrane’s Cock Robin, lovely red colour and good face, but markings want density; extra third, Mrs. Lynwood Palmer’s Maid Marion, lovely colour and coat, fair marking, white chin and very peaky face.
Orange kittens: First, Mrs. Bevington Smith ; second, Miss McCheane; third, Miss Fawcett — all nice kittens.
Cream kittens: First, Miss Lees’ Lingmoor Dan, good colour, coat and eyes; second, Mrs. Vidal’s Tapioca, very pale; third, the Hon. Mrs. Clive Behrens, nice face, but shaded in colour.
Short-haired cats : Mrs. Carew Cox’s well-known Fancy Free headed the Abyssinian class.
Blue males : First, Lady Alexander’s Ballochmyle Bumping Still, a big, fine cat with orange eyes; second, Lady Decies’s Fulmer Blue Tune, smaller, paler in eye and barred on tail. Blue females: First and cup for best short-hair, Lady Decies’s Fulmer Blue Love in a Mist, exquisite face and shape, tiny ears, good eyes and beautiful colour; second, Fulmer Copper Queen, better eyes but not so good in face, and a very bad shower; third, Mrs. Tom Fletcher’s Brunswick Bess, nice colour, loses in eyes.
1909 SOUTHERN COUNTIES (WESTMINSTER) CAT SHOW
1909 CRYSTAL PALACE (NATIONAL CAT CLUB) SHOW
The 22nd championship show of the National Cat Club opened at the Crystal Palace yesterday. The principal cat clubs contributed valuable premiums to the prize list. All varieties of cats were shown and the total entry was well up to that of last year, being slightly over 350. The following were the leading exhibitors:- Sir Claud and Lady Alexander, Lady Decies, Mrs. Slingsby, of Thorpe Underwood Hall, Thorpe, Yorks, the Hon. Mrs. Morrison, of Kepwich Park, Northallerton, Yorks, and the Hon. Mrs. Behrens, of Swinton Grange, Malton, Yorks. The National Cat Club’s ten-guinea challenge cup for long-haired males or females was won by Miss R. Whitney, Dublin; the Rotherham challenge bowl, value ten guineas, for English short-haired males of females, by Lady Decies; the Stisted bowl for best cat in the show by Miss R. Whitney; the Welburn memorial bowl, value ten guineas, for English cat or kitten, by Lady Decies; the Swinton challenge cup, presented by the Hon. Mrs. Behrens, for blue-eyed white short-haired male cats, by Master A.C. mann, Bradford; the Wilson challenge cup for best kitten in the sow, by Mr. B. Currie, Farnborough, Hants. – The Times, December 15, 1909
NATIONAL CAT SHOW. The Times December 16, 1909. The full list of awards at the 22nd Championship Show of the National Cat Club held at the Crystal Palace, were announced yesterday. Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein is the patron of the club, and the vice-presidents include Lady Aberdeen, Lady Maitland, Lady Hothfield Lady Decies, Lady Willoughby, and Mrs. Herring. Mr. Louis Wain is the chairman of the committee, and Mr. E.T. Cox the secretary. The entries numbered 560, which compared very favourably with former shows, although it was not quite so good as last year, The quality of the exhibits was considered by the Judges to be of a very high standard. Among the varieties shown were Manx, Siamese, short-haired and long-haired, blues, smokes, chinchilla, and Abyssinian. There was a long list of special prizes, including challenge trophies, and the following awards were made in addition to those published in yesterday’s issue of The Times
The champion Jimmy challenge prize was presented by Mrs. Herring for the best short-haired silver tabby, Lady Decies; a silver challenge cup, presented by the Crystal Palace Company for, the best long-haired kitten in the show, Mr. B. Currie, Farnborough, Hampshire ; a silver challenge cup, presented by the Crystal Palace Company for, the best short-haired kitten in the show, Miss A. M. Hawkins, of Kensington ; cup presented by the president of the Siamese Club for the best Siamese cat in the show, Mrs. A. de Vere Brooke, of Courtfield Gardens S.W.; the National Cat Club’s Championship for the best tortoiseshell, Mrs. Slingsby;, Underwood Hall, Yorkshire; the club championship for the best Manx cat, Sir C. Alexander, Fay Gate Wood, Sussex; a silver salver for the best Manx, the competition to be confined to members of the National Cat Club, the salver to be won five times to become then absolute property of the winner, Sir C. Alexander; the club's championship for the best Siamese, Mrs. A. de Vere Brooke; and the club’s championship for the best Abyssinian, Mrs. G. Pitkin of Watford.
The judges were:- long-haired cats – Mrs. Bennet, Mrs. Fosbery, Mrs. Balding, Mrs. Billett, and Mr. Mason; short-haired cats – Mr. L.P.C. Astley; Siamese – Miss. Forestier-Walker; Abyssinian - Mr. L.P.C. Astley; Manx – Mr. Mason; miscellaneous short-haired - Mr. L.P.C. Astley; kitten classes – Mr. Astley; working men’s or women’s classes – Mr.T.B. Mason
1910 RICHMOND DOG AND CAT SHOW
1910 CROYDON SHOW
LIST OF THE PRINCIPAL AWARDS - Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter - Saturday 26 February 1910
To a number fanciers, chiefly interested in cats, Thornton Heath and Croydon was indebted for fine show of cats and rabbits held at the Baths Hall, Thornton Heath, on Tuesday. There were a large number of visitors, entries, especially in rabbits, were more numerous than were expected, and the exhibition was altogether so successful that it most probably will become an annual event. The promoters, of whom Mr. E. Oliver was the leading spirit, secured a number of ladies .and gentlemen to guarantee the show funds and prize money. Happily it is not likely that they will called upon to contribute.
No less than 525 entries were received in the two sections, a splendid result for a new venture, and the committee were able to offer 124 special prizes in addition to the usual awards. They included medals from the Southern Counties Cat Club, the Blue Persian Cat Society, the Brown Tabby Persian Society, the Orange and Tortoiseshell Society, &c. The guarantors were the Hon. Mrs. Clive Behrens, Mrs. T. B. Mason, Miss Frances Simpson. Miss Jay, Miss Voules, Mrs. Carew Cox, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Fisher White, Mrs. F. B. Bevan, Mrs. Clarke, Misses Hill-Shaw (2), Miss Tannahill, Mrs. Geo. Wilson, Mrs. Maydon, Mrs. G. Franks Foord, Miss L. Gold, Miss Gretta Wright, Mrs. Western, Mrs. Wise, Miss Samuels, Mrs Kyle Battley, Mrs. Hurley, Mr. Owen, Mr. J. C. Leete, Mr. Voules, Mr. T. Watson, “Salvo,” Mr. Norris and Mr. Ed. Oliver.
The Show Committee comprised Mrs. T. B. Mason (President), Mrs. Watson, Mr. T. Watson, Mr. Edward Oliver (hon. secretary). Miss Helen Hill-Shaw (assistant hon. Sec), Miss Winifred Voules (hon. treasurer). Mr. Oliver is to be complimented upon the excellent manner in which the secretarial duties were carried out, and he would the first to praise Miss Hill-Shaw and Miss Voules for the enthusiastic help accorded to him. Mr. T. B. Mason judged the rabbit section and a few of the cat classes, Miss lay took the long-haired blues, and Miss Simpson the remainder of the cat classes.
The classification, considered from a fancier's standpoint, was small, and the season for showing cats, especially long haired, rather late, but taking into consideration these disadvantages and the number of shows held during the last two months the entries were remarkably good. Quality was extraordinarily good among the cats, and some Crystal Palace, Westminster, and other big exhibition winners were to be found in the various classes. [. . .] Appended is a list of the principal awards -.
CAT SECTION – LONG HAIR CATS
Black or White (male or female) – 1 Miss E. Harper, Haywards Heath; 2 Miss E. Harper, Haywards Heath; 3 Mrs. K. S. Pill, Folkestone; r. Hon. Mrs. Behrens, Swinton Grange, Yorks; vhc. Hon. Mrs. Behrens; vhc. Miss. Hodges.
Blue (male) – 1 Mrs Bergman, Chiswick; 2 Mrs. Stephens, Barnet; 3 Mrs. Neate, East Tilbury; r. Mrs. Helen V. Brewer, Teddington; vhc. Mrs. Lionel Ryder, Cadogan-gardens, S.W.
Blue (female) – 1 Mrs. Stephens; 2 Mrs. Helen V. Brewer; 3 Mrs. F. Watson, East Dulwich; r. Miss A. M. Hutchinson, Kew Gardens; vhc. Miss E.M. King, 52 Croydon-road, Anerley.
Chinchilla (male and female) – 1 Mrs Slingsby, Underwood Hall, York; 2 Miss Bartlett, Bexley Heath; r. Mrs. Wellbye, 18 Grange Park-road, Thornton Heath; vhc (2) Miss Bartlett.
Silver Tabby or Smoke (male or female) – 1 Mrs. C. L. Kennaway; 2 Miss Cochrane, 6 Highview-road, Upper Norwood; 3 Mrs. W. E. Geal, Redhill; r. Mrs. Noyer, Great Chart, Kent; vhc. Miss Cochrane.
Brown Tabby (male or female) – 1 Miss Chamberlayne, Southall; 2 Mr. W. H. Powell, Southall; r. Miss Hill Shaw, 8 Elgin-road, Addiscombe.
Orange or Cream (male) – 1 Hon. Mrs. Behrens; 2 Mrs. W. Hatch, Haslingden, Lancs; 3 Mrs. M. Hall, Windermere; r. Mrs. C.L. Kennaway.
Orange or Cream (female) – 1 Mrs. Frank Owen, Smallburgh, Norwich; 2 Miss Bell-Irving, Barnard Castle; 3 Mrs. Western, Sandy, Beds.; r. Miss H.M. Lea, Gulistan, Lancie Park-road, Sydenham.
Any Other Variety (male or female) – 1 Mrs Slingsby,; 2 Mrs. C. L. Kennaway; 3 Mrs. F. Frowd, Hassocks; r. Miss E.M. Leader, Tedington; vhc. Miss Amelia, Brinkley, Tooting.
Blue (junior, 8 to 12 months) – 1 Mrs. Stephens; 2 Mrs Slingsby; 3 Mrs. R Fisher White, Highgate; extra 3 Miss F. Hodges; r. Miss Helen V. Brewer; vhc. Miss H.M. Lea.
Junior, any other variety (8 to 12 months) – 1 Mr. F Owen, Norwich; 2 Mrs. P.E. Todd, Basingstoke; 3 Mrs W.E. Geal; r. Mrs. Bell-Irving; vhc Mrs. M. Hall; vhc Miss Kate Dark, Bideford, Devon, vhc Mr. W.H. Powell, Southall.
Novice, any variety (long hair) – 1 Miss H.M. Lea; 2 Mrs P.E. Todd; 3 Miss Chamberlayne; r. Miss E. Watson; vhc Hon. Mrs. Behrens.
Breeders (any variety) – 1 Mrs. Bergman; 2 Miss F. Owen; 3 Mrs. R. Fisher White; r. Miss A.M. Hutchison; vhc Miss T. Cocharne.
Self Colour (neuter) – 1 Mrs. Norman Pares, Woking; 2 Miss Winifred Voules, 108 Auckland-road, Upper Norwood; 3 Mrs. G.E. Quittenton, Parson’s Mead, West Croydon; vhc Miss E. Moon, 75 Croydon-road, Anerley.
Any other variety (neuter) – 1 Miss L.E. Tongue, East Grinstead, 2 Miss Winifred Voules; 3 Mrs. G.E. Quittenton; r Miss A.M. Hutchison; vhc Mrs. J. Hill, Crouch End; vhc Miss P.E. Todd; vhc Miss C. Langton, Beechleigh, Scotts-lane, Shortlands, Kent; vhc Mrs Weeks, Cumberlow Stables, South Norwood-hill.
KITTENS (LONG HAIR)
Blue (male) – 1 Miss L. Atkinson, Bradford; 2 Mrs. G. Wilson, Purley Grange, Purley.
Blue (female) – 1 Mrs. G. Wilson; 2 Mr. C.M. Hodgkinson, West Ealing; 3 Miss F.M. Farvil, West Kensington; extra 3 Mrs. Pownall, Newton-le-Willows, Lancs; r Mrs E. Marion Rose, 28 Rarnley-road, South Norwood; vhc Mr. T. Avery, Rickmansworth.
Chinchilla, silver tabby or smoke – 1 Mr. John Leigh, Blackburn; 2 Mrs. Wellbye; 3 Mrs. P Tywhiff Drake, Scawby, Lincs; r Mr. R. Little, Farnborough; vhc Miss L. Ford, Southend-on-Sea.
Any other variety – 2 Miss H.M. Lea; 3 Mrs. Court; r Miss Dean, Woodvale, South Norwood; vhc Mrss H.M. Lea.
SHORT HAIR CATS
Black or White (male or female) – 1 Mr. J. Reid, Glasgow; 2 Miss S.C. Arbuthnot, Shooters-hill; 3 Hon. Mrs. Behrens; r ditto, vhc Miss Barneby, Sloane-sq., W.; Miss A.M. Burton, Ossett, Yorks.
Blue (male or female) – 1 Miss Agatha M. Hawkins, Kensington, 2 Miss Hill Shaw; 3 Miss Hill Shaw; r Mrs. K. Patman, Hounslow; vhc Mr. R.G. Clark, Chichester.
Tabby, any colour (male or female) – 1 Mrs. Tom C. Fletcher, Sheffield; 2 Mr. E. Oliver, 58 High-street, Thornton Heath; 3 Mr. A.E. Coleman, Sandgate; r Mrs. Stagle, 179 Oval-road, Croydon; vhc Mr. A. Betts, 97 Penshurst-road, Thornton Heath; vhc F. Odel & Son, Stockton-on-Tees; vhc Miss Mitchell, West Wakefield.
Siamese – 1 Mrs. Barton, Wimbledon; 2 Mrs C.L. Kennaway; 3 Miss Hill-Shaw.
Abyssinian (male or female) – 1 Mrs. E.A. Clarke, Bath; 2 Mrs. K. Patman; 3 Mrs. E.A. Clarke; r Mrs. C Emmett, Epsom; vhc’s (4) Mrs. Carew Cox, 31 Lucerne-road, Thornton Heath.
Neuter (any variety) – 1 Mr. E. Oliver; 2 Miss Chamberlayne; 3. Mr. Davies; r Mrs, Stagle; vhc Mrs. Barnes, Stretham Hiill; vhc Miss K.M. Oliver; vhc Miss A.R. Francis, Sutherland-avenue, W.
KITTENS – SHORT HAIR (UNDER NINE MONTHS)
Brown tabby – 1 Miss S. Battley, Kyle Craig, Norbury-avenue, Thornton Heath; w Miss A.M. Burton; 3 Mr. G. Mead, 53 Central Hill, Upper Norwood.
Manx (male or female) 1 Miss D. Shaw, granton, Sutton, Surrey; 2 Mrs. A.M. Stead, 5 Lancaster-road, South Norwood; 3 Miss Hill-Shaw; vhc Mrs. Neate.
Any other variety – 1 Mr. J. Reid; 2 Mrs Carew Cox; 3 Miss Mitchell; r F. odell & Son; vhc Mrs. Bosanquet.
LOCAL (BOROUGH ONLY)
Long Hair (male or female) – 1 Mrs. Wellbye; 2 Mrs. Wellbye; 3 Mrs Hurley, 36 Whitehorse-road, Croydon; r Miss T. Cochrane; vhc Mrs. Mawson, 22 Bingham-road, Addiscombe.
Short H Hair (male or female) – 1 Miss Hill-Shaw; 2 Mr. E. Oliver; 3 Mrs. Carew Cox; r Mr. A. Buxton, 32 High-street, South Norwood; vhc Mr. A. Betts.
Long Hair (neuter) – 1 Miss W. Voules; 2 Mrs. J. Ellis, 220 Melfort-road; Thornton Heath; 3 Mr. T. Kirkby, 212 St james-road, Croydon; r Mrs. G.E. Quittenton; vhc Miss W. Voules; vhc Mrs. Weeks; vhc Mr. A. Wotten, 11 trafford-road, Thornton Heath; vhc Mrs W. Taylor.
Short Hair (neuter) – 1 Mr. E. Oliver; 2 Miss Dittrich, 6 Fox-hill, Upper Norwood; 3 Mrs. Fenton; r Mr. Davies; vhc Mrs. A. Buxton, 32 High-street, South Norwood; vhc Miss D. Grant, 36 Broadway-avenue, Croydon; vhc Mrs. Swanborough, Lancaster-road, South Norwood.
Stray Pet (any variety) – 1 Mr. C. Jones, Oakhurst Stables, Canham-road, South Norwood; 2 Miss Dittich; 3 Mrs. K. Patman; r Mrs. F.A. Bevan, Kingston-on-Thames; vhc Miss Dittich; vhc Mr. P. Humphries, 5 Zion-place, Thornton Heath; vhc Miss K. Cording, Islington; vhc Mrs. A. Goldsack, St. Leonards-on-Sea.
1910 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
1910 SOUTHERN COUNTIES (WESTMINSTER) CAT SHOW
1911 SOUTHERN COUNTIES (WESTMINSTER) CAT SHOW
1911 NEWBURY CAT SHOW
NEWBURY CAT SOCIETY CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW. Reading Mercury, 4th February 1911
The second exhibition under the auspices of the Newbury Cat Society, took place on Wednesday in the Corn Exchange and was a great success, the number of cats entered exceeding by nearly 100 the total of the initial venture last year, while the support to the local society by the various cat clubs in the country enabled the executive to issue an attractive and varied prize lift. The Newbury Cat Society owes much to the enthusiasm of its hon secretary and manager, Mrs. Fosbery, of the Grange, Lambourn, who is herself a successful breeder and exhibitor of cats, and the assistance of Miss Ross as hon. treasurer. Mrs. Fosbery had devoted an enormous amount of time and labour to the thorough organisation of the details, with the result that Wednesday's arrangements passed off without a hitch.
The opening ceremony was to have been performed by Princess Toussoun, but in the course of the morning a telegram reached Mrs Fosbery to the effect that the Princess was laid up with influenza and unable to travel to Newbury. She expressed the hope that the show might be a success, and that her enforced absence would cause no inconvenience. Under these circumstances Mr. Mount, M.P. was approached and readily consented to take the place of the Princess. The hon member, who was who was introduced by Mr. Fosbery, said he felt somewhat of a fraud in opening the show in the absence of Princess Toussoun, because he could not claim to be an expert on cats neither was he an enthusiast. However, it was not necessary to be an expert or know much about cats to open that show. Whatever their views upon might be they could all agree it was desirable to have the best cats they could possibly get, and he congratulated the organisers upon the excellent show, both in quality and numbers. He had learned, too, that there was a good show from the district, showing that the efforts of the Society were beginning to bear fruit. He had much pleasure in declaring the show open.
Miss Simpson proposed a vote of t hanks to Mrs. Fosbery, which was cordially adopted, and in reply, Mrs. Fosbery expressed her appreciation of the assistance she had received in the organisation of the show. It might be interesting to know that the Newbury Cat Society had now nearly 70 members, its growth since the initial show having been great. Thanks having been presented to Mr. Mount and acknowledged by him, the proceedings ended. Mrs. Mount and Master Mount accompanied the member for South Berks, and made an inspection of the cats.
The total number of cats entered was 236, and the awarding of prizes in the 82 classes into which the catalogue was divided occupied several hours The Corn Exchange is an excellent building for a show of this class, there being ample room and good light, and those responsible for the arrangements carried out their work well. The judges were Mrs. Ransome. Miss Simpson, and Mr. T. Mason. We regret we are unable to find space for the prize list. Altogether upwards of 103 owners were represented, and the diversified character of the animals proved a source interest the public, who, however, did not attend in very large numbers. In addition to the prizes offered by the local Society, cups and medals were put up by the National Cat Club, the Scottish Cat Club>, the Southern Counties Cat Club, the Siamese Club, the Blue Persian Cat Society, the Chinchilla and Silver Specialist Society, the Short Haired Cat Society, the Richmond Cat Club, the Neuter Cat Society, the Orange and Tortoiseshell Society, the* Northern Counties Cat Club, the Midland Counties Cat Club, the Brown Tabby Club, and the Manx Club. Special prizes were also given by private individuals, including Mr. Fosbery, Dr. Prior, Mrs. Radford, Miss Ross, Hon. Mrs. Clive Behrens, Miss Fenby, the Mayor of Newbury, Mrs J. N. Day, Mrs. Deacon, Mrs. E. A. Wasey, Mr. Adey, Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. Vallance, Miss Cope, Mrs. Stephen, Mrs. Fisher White, Miss Gretta Wright, Miss Lea, Mrs. Hardman, Mrs. Forsyth Forrest, Mrs. Louis Maxwell, Miss Frances Simpson, Mrs Burt, Mrs. Billett, Miss Jackson, M's. Ryan, Mrs. Brereton, Messrs. Rhodes Brothers, Mrs. M. A. Frederick, Hon Mrs. M. Morrison, Mrs. Head, Miss Howard, Mrs. A. B. Chapman, and others.
The President the Society is Lady Decies, and it also possesses an influential list of vice-presidents. The hon. treasurer and secretary have already been mentioned, and Mrs. Kenneth Bell, of Lambourn, assisted Mrs. Fosbery in the arrangements. Mr. C. H. Stradling rendered valuable help to the clerical department
1911 SANDY CAT SHOW
1911 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
1911 NORTHERN COUNTIES CAT SHOW
1912 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
RED KITTEN IS EXHIBITED – The Republic, 19th December, 1912
London, Dec. 19. — A feature of the national cat show, which has opened at the Crystal palace, is a red kitten, the like of which was never seen on exhibition before. It belongs to Mrs. H. Cook and is most deservedly judged the best cat in the show, which is no small honor, seeing that four hundred cats of all sorts, shapes, sizes and colors are benched. It is described as the ideal cat, which fanciers have for years been aiming to produce. Its redness is not marred by a single speck of white, its eyes are alternate circles of light and dark red, just as its tabby coat is, alternate streaks of the two shades.
The cult of the cat is growing. Never before have the exhibitors gone to such extremes in the tricks of exhibition. One sent along with his cat a tadpole in a bottle, because the curious object excited the cat’s attention, inspiring that spry air that is supposed to arrest the judge's attention. The only part of the show that is not as good as usual is the foreign section. The gloomy weather, it seems, is quite too much for the health of the strange and beautiful Siamese cats, and even for some favorite Russian blues. It may surprise the cat lover to know that red and blue are now the favorite tints with cat fanciers.
1912 SOUTHERN COUNTIES (WESTMINSTER) CAT SHOW
FINEST CAT. CHAMPION OF GREAT BRITAIN. - Bruce Herald, 11 March 1912
THE VERY FINEST CAT - Boston Evening Transcript, Jan 27, 1912.
What is called a King-Championship was awarded at the animal show of the Southern Counties Cat Club at the Royal Horticultural Hall, London, on January 11. The winning cat, which happened this year to be a "queen," is reckoned the finest cat in Great Britain. The long-haired blue, Oaklands Sceptre, belongs to Miss Gladys Cheetham, of Oaklands, Brighouse, Yorkshire, was awarded this championship. The cat won its blue ribbon for evenness of color, length of coat, large round "cobby" head, neat ears, and orange colored eyes. The most formidable rival of the opposite sex which Miss Cheetham's cat met was Mrs Fisher-White's Champion Remus, of Highgate, a handsome blue, which won the male championship. Dr Prior, of Heckmondwike, Yorkshire, showed in Champion Silver Raleigh a silver tabby, the best specimen of its kind since the days of the famous Champion Toodles eight years ago. It won the short-haired championship, and was priced at £1000. Other valuable cats were Lady Alexander's tortoiseshell male, Ballochmyle Benedict, and tortoiseshell and white male, Champion Ballochmyle Bachelor —both great rarities. The most notable of the kittens was Mrs. Forsythe-Forrest’s Shining Light, which for richness of color and distinctness of markings was the best red tabby longhair seen for many years.
1912 DUNDEE CAT SHOW
1913 (SOUTHERN COUNTIES) WESTMINSTER CAT SHOW
SOUTHERN COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP CAT SHOW - Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 17 January 1913
The annual championship show of the Southern Counties Cat Club began yesterday in the hall of the Royal Horticultural Society, Westminster, under the patronage of Victoria Schleswig-Holstein. More than 400 exhibits were penned, representing aggregate of 77S entries. The judges were Miss Frances Simpson, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Balding, Mr. T. B. Mason, and Mr. Frank Norris, and their work was followed very closely all day by one of the largest crowds yet assembled at club show. There was a very choice collection of smokes, chinchillas, and tabbies of various colours. The winning smokes were Mrs. Wynn's (Castleford) Peter, and Miss M. Taylor's (Ossett) Westwells, and the winning chinchillas included Mrs. Simkin's (Southampton) Don and Mrs. Sedgwick's (Warwick) Lenora. The best of the tabbies were shown by Mrs. Western (Sandy), Mrs. Slingsby (York), Mrs. Owen (Doncaster), Gertrude, Lady Decies (Ascot), Mrs. Horace Cook (Bideford), Miss Butler (Saltburn), and Mr. H. Maden (Bacup). Mrs. Butler and Miss Cheetham penned the winning brace and team. A very pretty group were the long-haired kittens, the winners including Mrs. G. Cran's (Chelsea) Traveller's Joy, Mrs. A. Maturin's (Southampton) Buntie, Miss Lea's (Sydenham) Patapouf, Mr. S. Montgomery's (Muirkirk) Daisy, Mrs. Singleton's (Derby) Miss Tonny, and Mrs Leycester's (Kensington) Alma of Toft. Mrs. Kerr penned a very charming black kitten in Cornwall Jewel, and the winning brace were Hallgarth Sammy and Nancy, the property of Mrs. H. Brown, of Shildon Co. Durham. Lady Alexander was awarded championships for the tortoiseshells Benedict and Bachelor.
OAKLANDS STEADFAST SECURES SPECIAL FOR BEST IN SHOW (Fur And Feather, 24th Jan 1913) Report from the Southern Counties Cat Club annual show, Royal Horticultural Society Hall at Westminster, January 16th and 17th, 1913 in Fur and Feather.
This important and popular fixture was held on Thursday and Friday of last week, Jan 16th & 17th, and was a great success. The hall of the Royal Horticultural Society at Westminster could not be improved upon for the purpose, the space, light, and ventilation being perfect, whilst the adjacent rooms and offices are admirably adapted for Club meetings etc. The total entry was 770, in 100 classes, as against 792 in 99 classes last year, but there was a greater number of Cats. In blues perhaps, the greatest falling-off was noticeable, as last year, it will be remembered, there was the remarkable entry of 233 in 17 classes, against 170 this year in one class less. Quality throughout, however, was exceptionally good, as most of the best Cats of the day were on view. The judging for best Cat in show during the afternoon of the first day was followed with great interest, the award eventually going to Miss Cheetham's grand blue male, Oaklands Steadfast, which held a similar position at Birmingham. Mrs. Sedgewick's chinchilla queen, Thelma Lenora, was adjudged the best female. She is a beautiful exhibit, and was in grand coat and condition. This exhibit also secured Mr. Mason's Appreciation Bowl for Best Longhair bred by exhibitor.
Mr. Mason's Classes: Longhair: Team [a class for multiple well-matched cats]: 1.Miss Cheetham, the winning Blues, Steadfast, Seabreeze and Sheila, three of the very best blues seen this year, in rare order.
Miss Simpson's Classes:
Longhairs: Blue Male, [number of entrants] 14:
1,ch, ch.cup, and specials, best Cat in Show, Miss Cheetham, Oaklands Steadfast, beautiful eyes, A1 shape, rare head and bone, good coat, level colour, and in fine trim;
2, Mrs. G.Wilson, Sir Archie of Arrandale, massive cat, strong in bone, with great wealth of coat, not as cobbily built as leader, and loses in eye and soundness of colour underneath, in perfect condition;
3, Miss Cheetham, Oaklands Silvio, nice head and bone, big frame, loses eye and coat, the latter being inclined to lay flat; r. Mrs. Finch, Sir Reginald Samson, paler in eye and not as sound in colour, good coat, grand size and bone.
Longhairs: Blue Female, [number of entrants] 19:
1, Ch, specials, 2 &3, Miss Cheetham, we doubt if a trio of better blue queens was ever penned at the same time, by one exhibitor; they were Oaklands Sheila, Sceptre, and Seabreeze, three wonderful Cats, and penned in magnificent coat and condition; I rather liked Sceptre as leader, though on the day, the leader carried a bit more bloom, whilst those wide-awake eyes are very fascinating. Nevertheless, they are three truly wonderful Cats, and need no further description."
CAT SHOW (The Age, March 1st, 1913) The well bred cat supplies an instance of how far culture can eliminate natural instincts. Just as the man of culture, whose physical courage is sapped by much study in the acquirement of knowledge, refuses to "soil his hands” by assaulting a boorish person who insults him, so the well bred cat who has won prizes for prettiness at cat shows refuses to soil his or her claws by catching a mouse. Miss G. Cheetham, whose blue Persian cat named Oaklands Steadfast was pronounced by the judges to be the best cat at the show held in London by the Southern Counties Cat Club, states that many high bred cats in her possession will not so much as look at a mouse.
Breeding cats for profit is quite a recognised business in England, where there are so many wealthy old ladies who are prepared to lavish their affection on pretty cats. At the cat show referred to there were several prize winners which were priced at £1000 each, and one, which bears the title of Sir Archie II of Arrandale, was valued by his owner at £1555. Among the exhibits were blue, white, grey, black and tabby cats; Persian, Manx, Siamese, Chinchilla, Russian and Abyssinian cats. There were cats with hair as short as velvet and others that were enveloped in a cloud of fluffy hair; there were cats with large saucer-like eyes that might have made an owl jealous, and there were others with narrow slits of eyes that suggested Chinese origin.
One of the recognised judges of cats in England is Mr. Louis Wain, the famous artist, who has made the cat his specialty in the world of art. He has a partiality for the long haired Persian with golden eyes, and his partiality, which is shown in his work, has made this type of cat extremely popular. Black cats, says Mr. Wain, are apt to be monastic in their habits. As an instance of this tendency he mentions the famous black cat of St. Clement Danes Church in the Strand. This cat had a remarkable fondness for organ music and church festivities. When the organ was played he used to climb up on the organ pipes, and he had the reputation of never having missed a christening or a marriage that took place at the church. It was at this church, which is close to Fleet-street, that Dr. Johnson used to worship, and used to stand up in his pew with his hand behind his ear when he could not hear the sermon distinctly. His pew, with a brass plate on it, is pointed out to visitors to the church, and at the Fleet-street end of the building a statue has been erected -to his memory.
1913 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
1914 (SOUTHERN COUNTIES) WESTMINSTER CAT SHOW
There were no fewer than 356 entries the show of the Southern Counties' Cat Club, which opened "at the Royal Horticultural Hall, London This number, it was stated, not only constitutes record for this club, but also for any cat show in England. Longhaired blue males and blue females were remarkably large classes, and Siamese classes were also well filled.- Liverpool Echo, January 9th, 1914
1914 RICHMOND DOG AND CAT SHOW
1915 SOUTHERN COUNTIES (WESTMINSTER) CAT SHOW
WESTMINSTER CAT SHOW. The 13th annual show of the Southern Counties Cat Club was held yesterday at the Horticultural Hall, Westminster, in aid of the St. John Ambulance Brigade. The show remains open until 5 o’clock to-day. The best long-haired cat was Miss Fisher’s Princess Patricia of Hadley, a very striking young Queen, level in colour, shown in good condition. The best short-haired English type was Mrs. Shore’s Ch. Daybreak, priced at 50 guineas by the owner. The special for the best kitten in the show went to a long-haired tortoiseshell and white, Wynstay Wallflower, shown by Mrs. Western. Other striking cats that scored first prizes were Mrs. Singleton’s The Honourable Jimmy, a magnificent Smoke in grand coat; the Hon. Mrs. Clive-Behren’s Cream Male Swinton Ragtime Dancer, a well-known winner, and a charming cream kitten belonging to Mr. Hatfield; Mrs. Slingsby’s well-known though aged winner, Ch. Rosette of Thorpe – a cat very difficult to beat; a charming pair of sable tabby kittens shown by Mr. W.H. Powell; a handsome Abyssinian cat, Ch. Ras Dashan, belonging to Mrs. H.A. Clark; and Mrs. Western’s well-known red male, Ch. Eden Rufus. - The Times, Friday, January 15th, 1915
CAT SHOW. A chinchilla cat exhibited at a recent Southern Counties Cat Club show, was value at £1000. - Dominion, 14 October 1915.
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NATIONAL CAT CLUB ANNUAL SHOW - Dundee Courier, 7 December 1921
NO MEN JUDGES. Judging at the National Cat Club Annual Show that comes off at the Crystal Palace to-day and to-morrow is to be entirely entrusted to women. Lady Alexander of Ballochmyle is one judge, and Miss Frances Simpson, the well-known authority on cats, another.
1922 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
CATS “GO SICK.” Dundee Evening Telegraph, 7th December 1922
Many Absentees From Big Show. Influenza to Blame. The 53d annual show of the National Cat Club opened at the Crystal Palace under rather depressing circumstances, for although there were entries totalling between 500 and 600, there were far fewer cats on view and there were a large number of empty cages. The reason for this is the prevalence at present of a feline epidemic, which is something in the nature of influenza, and there has been a disposition among owners from the point of view of "safety first " to keep their animals at home. Some others who took the risk have paid a heavy penalty in the loss of their cats. More than one was found on arrival at the Palace to have given up the last of its nine lives.
Among the most interesting of the cats on show are some Royal Siamese, imported direct from that small Eastern kingdom where cats generally have a quieter time than most of the fraternity in this country. There is said to be some mystic sacredness surrounding them that makes their export a matter of difficulty, and therefore adds interest to those now on show. One of these exhibits has won three championships in the last six months. The white cats made a fine class of exhibits, there being also a number of Chinchillas which attracted a good deal of attention. Including championships and specials there was a total of 150 prizes.
One beautiful long-haired Tom cat kept the judges effectually at bay, and was last disqualified as being unfit for competition. Among the successful exhibitors was Mrs Graham Coltart of Oaklea, Kilcreggan, who secured third prize for "red self or shaded male or female."
1923 EXETER CAT SHOW
EXETER AND DEVON SHOW - Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 28 September 1923
The Exeter and Devon Poultry, Pigeon, and Cage Bird Society are arranging this year a section for cats and kittens in connexion with their show which is held October 17th in the Market, Exeter. There are 20 classes for long and short-hair cats and kittens, and special prizes are offered. The Blue Persian Society will give four badges competed for by its members. Three of the classes are limited to Exeter and a radius 33 miles round the city. Miss Frances Simpson, an experienced judge of London champion shows, will judge all classes. The exhibits will be fed and well cared for the Cat Committee. Schedules can be obtained from Mr. Cornish, 90, Regent street. St. Thomas, Exeter. Entries close October 5th.
FUR AND FEATHER. CREAM OF THEIR KIND ON VIEW AT EXETER - Western Morning News, 18 October 1923
The show of the Exeter and Devon Poultry, Pigeon, Cage Bird, and Cat Society at Exeter yesterday was the most successful in the history of the society. Entries reached the record total of over 2,200, and all the sections contained some of the cream of their particular kind in the kingdom. For the first time a cat section was included with conspicuous success. [. . .].
Chinchilla, adult, male – 3 Miss. E. Clarke, Exeter. Female – 1, Miss E. Langston, Maidenhead; 2 Miss E. Clarke . Kitten – 1 Miss S. Bate, Chittlehampton.
Tabby, adult, male or female – 1 Miss B.V. Bracey, Bristol; 2 Miss Litten, Dunchideock; 3 Mrs. C. L. Kennaway, Blandford.
Kitten - 1 and 3 Miss E. Clarke; 2 Mrs. C. L. Kennaway.
Any other colour, adult – 1 Misses Fisher, Cheltenham. Kitten, shorthaired - 1 Mrs. M. H. Knowles, Codford; 2 Mrs C. L. Kennaway; 3, Mrs. C. A. Simmons, Exeter.
Short-haired blue, adult, or kitten - 1 and 2 Miss P. Hunt, Plymouth; 3 Miss M. Hunt, Plymouth.
Siamese Kitten - 1 and 2 Capt. L. A. Fordon, Ashcott; 3, Miss S. Bates.
Novice, adult or kitten - 1 F. H. Stevens; 2 Miss Litton ; 3 Capt. L. A. Fordon.
Litter - 1 Mrs. Welham, Teignmouth; 2, Miss P. Hunt; 3 Mrs. G. M. Bolton.
Neuter, long or short-haired - 1 Mrs. M. F. Williams; 2 and 3 Misses Fisher.
Local Classes – 1 Miss Ruby Cooke, Teignmouth; 2 Miss M. H. S. Sedgemore; 3 Miss M. B. Benthall, Countess Wear.
Any variety, kitten - 1 Miss E. Clarke; 2, Mrs. M. Huxham; 3 Mrs. M. Turner.
Neuter - 1, Mrs. L. C'ommins, Exeter; 2 F Chesnut, Topsham; 3 Miss Litton.
EXETER AND DEVON POULTRY, PIGEON, CAGE-BIRD, AND CAT SOCIETY SHOW. Western Morning News, 20 October, 1923
At the recent show of Exeter and Devon Poultry, Pigeon, Cage-bird, and Cat Society Miss Sedgemore, of 40 Queen-street, Exeter, secured for her blue Persian cat Blue Boy first prize for adult male, second prize for adult, any variety; special for best adult male, and special for best colour eyes. Her blue Persian kitten, fairy, was second in a class of 17, and special for the best female kitten.
1924 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
1925 CROYDON SHOW
1926 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
PROUD CATS AND DOUBLE TULIPS. - The Spectator, 30 April 1926
A CAT show is a humiliating business. At no time do we show ourselves such pitiful creatures as when we set out to exhibit our cats. Even if at home Champion Surbiton Blue Blood has always behaved with respect and tenderness towards his keepers, he can scarcely do so after having seen his contemporaries, languid in their cages, blasé about the success, and their masters foolishly demonstrative and nervous with excitement. For there is no doubt that human beings make a poor show- at a cat exhibition. They stand outside those unworthy little cages and point out the cats to each other " Diddums then," they say. " What an angel, what a booful coat And some of them poke their fingers between the bars - if there is not a grim notice saying " Do Not Touch " - and hope vainly for some response. Anxious owners hurry up, open the cage doors and drag out a would-be champion whom they hastily brush or ruffle up. They do not attempt to look as if the prize meant nothing to them.
Yet if cats must see us in our true proportions at these shows, our respect for them must mount up. There, is no doubt that they know why they are there. But this question of prize giving does not disturb them at all. They even are extremely rude to the judges. Few of them show open indignation. Nevertheless this year one monster red Persian, about the size and colour of a fox, leapt to the back of his cage and standing with four feet as close together as possible, swore and screamed as the steward politely invited him to come out and be judged. And as further measures were found necessary, he raised his claw and ripped it down the steward's arm. But most champions submit to being lifted out of their cages with a perfectly dull expression. They submit with contempt to being held up under the armpits, turned upside down, blown upon to make their fur whirr out and expose their skins. They look away, rather over the heads of their judges and make no movement of protest. But they are pointedly rude. When inside their cages they lie asleep ; more asleep than ever they are at home. The first prizers in a corner, one mountain of fur ; the second prizers, who are more openly conceited, on their sides, their legs stretched out in front, all four of them. Their size is astounding.
The first-prizers are not pleasant to meet casually, though at home they are probably genial enough. At the Show, however, advances are not encouraged. If gently tickled with a straw from their mattress, they will get up and turn around so that a larger portion of their back is towards the public. A second prizer who was evidently expecting to rise to higher things next year gave a special display of insolence. On being " diddumed " when sleeping - with front paws turned in and hind- quarters tucked neatly under - it opened its eyes crossly and without moving its front part, raised its hindquarters at us, leaving its head still on the floor. When its end was fully raised it let it down again, and again closed its eyes. The hint was plain. We moved on.
No, the only cats which were companionable at the Show were the Highly Commended and the Kittens. They were called Kittens, but one would scarcely guess that they were all under nine months. Being champions in miniature and mostly Persian at that, they were nearly as large as normal full-size cats. But they were delightfully friendly and their faces still kept that adorable round expression, half determined and half wondering, that makes kittens the most alluring of all infant animals. Moreover their front legs had still that somewhat trousered look; a sure sign of youth. They were perfectly willing to play with a finger poked between the bars. In fact if a finger was not forthcoming, a small paw would come through and pat the air.
But there is one sad observation that must be made: about cats, and it should be made about Tulips also. Part of the charm of cats and of tulips, to those of us who are not specialists or breeders but only lovers of them, lies in the clean, slender outlines of both. It is the tulip's singleness and simplicity of line which is so enchanting, and it is the cat's litheness and lean sinuous form that makes it irresistible. A great danger is threatening us. Not more, and it would seem less, than half the tulips we see - in Covent Garden for instance - are single tulips. They are being crowded out by monstrous double; quadruple petalled flowers of many colours. And likewise at the cat show there were comparatively few short-haired cats. One-could not quarrel with long-haired cats as one could with double tulips. They are magnificent in their own way. There is nothing like a cream or chinchilla Persian. But ‘C'est magnifique mais ce n'est pas le chat’. Slim, beautifully moving, short-haired blacks and oranges and whites are the cats we should worship. They are the most truly and fully catlike. There were just a few of them at the Crystal Palace this year ; some particularly delightful greys,-close cropped, with firm faces and clean strong paws. Certainly the Persians looked well enough in their cages, sitting on carpets of appropriate colours to set off their delicately shaded fur. But they had no shape ; who could tell whether they ever leapt from window to garden wall ? It is almost possible to believe that they could not exist without devoted owners to brush and scent and feed them. But cats such as those splendid, independent looking, smooth-haired fellows undoubtedly walked, graceful, unheeding and with tail erect, past our caves when we were still barbarians, and doubtless they will do so when we are barbarians again.
1928 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
1929 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW
1929 CROYDON CAT SHOW
We much regret that last week we stated that Mr. H.C. Brooke, the well-known judge of short-haired cats, wore his “duelling kit” when judging cats and appeared in parade uniform as a Fuchs-Major at Croydon. This is incorrect, as Mr. H.C. Brooke has never appeared in uniform at a cat show. - The Sketch, 4th December, 1929
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1931 CROYDON CAT SHOW
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1934 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW The Age (Melbourne, Australia), Jan 20th, 1934
The corridors of the Crystal Palace, in London, are a gloomy approach even to the gayest of exhibitions. The spectator’s enthusiasm has been almost quenched by the time he has walked down icy passages lined with plaster casts that are seemingly frozen into immobility, climbed long staircases, traversed vast and shadowy halls, peered through the glass walls at gardens dim with December fog, and been chilled by the curious atmosphere of Alpine cold that broods within the edifice like an evil spell. Any discomfort, however, is worth enduring if the sight of a beautiful thing is to be its reward, and during the two days of the national Cat Club Show last month, many hundreds of beautiful things waited at the end of a labyrinth of corridors to receive from the public admiration which was undoubtedlytheir due.
Cats, says the “Weekly Scotman,” were on show from all over the country – Angoras, Persians, Short Haired, Manx, and Siamese – all lovely enough to satisfy the most exacting cat lover, and to convert instantly those Philistines who declare that they do not like cats. From their beds of straw or purple velvet, they looked at the thronging faces of their admirers, sometimes with polite interest, sometimes with disdain. Occasionally the tip of a plumy tail would wave in recognition, or one of the youngest kittens would condescend to purr. The delicate little Siamese, of which Grey Mole and Grey Mouse were two of the loveliest specimens, replied with plaintive mews when spoken to, and most of the Persians seemed to enjoy having their photographs taken. Patrick of Allington, a superb blue Persian, was judged the best cat in the show, even with such competition as the beautifully marked Silver Penny and Thistledown Carus, the prize Chinchilla, who might be the Snow Queen come to life.
The first cat show ever held was arganised by the late Mr. Harrison Weir, the artist, and took place in the Crystal Palace in 1871, and with the exception of the war years, shows have been held there annually ever since. A win in the “Palace” is the highest honor of the cat world, for the best cats are still bred in England, and can challenge any of the American or Continental breeds. Cat lovers may be interested in the formation of the Meouw Club which is to be run on the same lines as the Tailwaggers Club for dogs.
1936 EXETER CAT SHOW
CHAMPION CATS EXETER. SUCCESS OF YOUNG EXHIBITS. DEVON COMPETITORS MAKE GOOD SHOW Western Morning News, 7th February 1936
Well-known champions fell from grace in favour of promising younger competitors at the third championship Cat Show held at Exeter Drillhall yesterday the South-Western Counties Cat Club. Exhibits were from all parts of the country, and included some of the best cats in England. A considerably increased number of 155 animals represented 465 entries.
A feature of this year's show was the strength of the. long-hair section, which embraced many notable champions and cats of high standard. The brown tabbies have never made a better show in the South-West, and there were many outstanding exhibits among the cream Persians. In comparison with the longhair cats, however, the short-hair section fell much below, and it was disappointing to find that a number of Siamese classes had to be declared void through absence of entries. Plenty of local interest was evinced, and some of the exhibitors in Devon did remarkably well. Particularly gratifying was the response in the household pets class, which last year failed to attract a single entry.
Pride of place as the "best in the show " went to Mrs. Stevenson's longhair cream female, Wysh of Hanley, which was elevated to full champion. In addition to gaining precedence over the same owner's Champion Buff of Hanley as the best long-hair in the show, Wysh Hanley gained four firsts and one second. In the short-hair section, the premier award was won by Champion Northway Just Jane, exhibited by Miss Fair (Tewkesbury), with Mrs. Gates's Gianetta as reserve. The best foreign short-hair cat was Maj. Woodiwiss's Woodrooffe Titus. The same owner secured further distinction with his Abyssinian kitten Ras Seyum, which was adjudged the best short-hair kitten. Mrs. Coleridge's Fatimar was placed reserve.
Officials were.—President, Mrs. Harold Michelmore: vice-president. Mrs. P. H. Stevens; committee, Mr 6. Cate6 (chairman), Miss Cathcart, Miss Stuck. Miss Mortimer, Mrs. Fenning. Miss Gibbs, Miss Bate, and Miss Sedgemore; hon. treasurer, Mrs. Sampson; hon. secretary. Miss Bowden- Smith; hon. veterinary surgeon, Maj. Hugh Mac Donald. Judges, Mrs. Yeates, Mrs. Yeend, Mr. Western, Miss K. Wilson: referee, Mr. Yeates; show manager, Mrs. Sampson; show secretary. Miss Bowden-Smith.
LONG-HAIR. Blue, male – 1 and Ch., Miss Peake, Smarden, Kent; 2, Lady Eardley-Wilinot, Henley-on-Thames; 3, Mrs. Bazeley, West Drayton. Blue Female – 1 and Ch., and 3, Mrs. Sampson, Sidbury; 2, Mrs. Vize, Sutton, Surrey. Breeders - 1, Miss Peake; 2, Mrs. Bazeley; 3, Mr. H. G. Webber, Exeter. Limit - 1, Miss Peake; 2, Mrs. Bazeley; 3, Mrs. Sampson. Novice - 1, Miss Peake; 2, Mrs. Vize; 3, Mr. O. Patterson, Bournemouth. Junior - 1, Miss Peake; 2, Mrs. Bazeley; 3, Mrs. .Sampson. Senior - 1, Mrs. Sampson; 2, Mrs. Tomlinson, London; 3, Mrs. Fenning, Exeter. Kitten, male, 6-9 months - Miss Peake; 2, Mrs. Sampson; 3, Mrs. Coleman, Exeter. Kitten, female, 6-9 months - 1, Miss Rodda, Potters Bar; 2, Lady Eardley-Wilmot; 3, Miss Dawe, Bere Alston. Male or female, 3-6 months 1 and 3, Mrs. Newborne, St. John's Wood. Kitten breeders - l, Miss Peake; 2 and 3, Mrs. Newborne. Kitten, limit - 1 and 2, Mrs. .Newborne; 3. Miss Rodda.
Black, male – 1 and Ch., Miss Marriott, Reading; 2, Capt. St. Barbe, St. Albans; 3. Mrs. Sydney Evans, Taunton. Female – 1 and Ch., Capt. St. Barbe; 2, Miss Marriott; 3. Miss Rodda. Kitten – 1, Miss J. M. Fisher, Bordon; 2, Mrs. Sydney Evans.
White, male – 1 and Ch., Mr. W. Cox-Ife, Oxted, Surrey.
Cream male – 1 and Ch., Mir. Stevenson, Stroud; 2, Capt. W. H. Powell. St. Albans; 3, Capt. St. Barbe. Cream Female - 1 and Ch., Mrs. Stevenson; 2, Capt. Powell; 3, Mrs. Sampson. Kitten - 1, Mrs. Stevenson; 2, Miss Peake; 3, Miss Fair, Tewkesbury.
Blue cream male – 1 and Ch., Capt. St. Barbe: 2. Mrs. Sampson; 3, Miss Fair. Kitten - 1, Mrs. Saunders, St. Albans: 2, Mrs. Vize; 3, Mrs. Sampson.
Red tabby, male – 1 and Ch., Miss Stuck, Saltash. Female - 2, Mrs. Soame, Bexhill-on-Sea.
Tortoiseshell – 1 and Ch., Mrs. Soame; 2, Miss Fair; 3, Capt St. Barbe
Brown tabby, male – 1 and Ch., Miss Cathcart, Paignton; 2, Mrs. Soame; 3, Miss J. M. Fisher. Brown Tabby Female – 1 and Ch., Miss Cathcart; 2, Miss Fisher; 3, Miss Morant, Southwick. Sussex. Kitten - 1, Miss Marriott.
Chinchilla, male – 1 and Ch., Miss Mortimer, Exeter; 2, Mrs. Reynolds- Sams, Wraysbury, Bucks. Kitten, female- 1 and 2, Mrs. Aubreyr , Worcester.
Smoke – 1 and Ch., Miss Alexander, Taunton. Kitten – 1, 2, and 3, Miss Alexander.
Any colour. - Breeders, cat, except blue - 1 and 3, Mrs. Stevenson; 2, Miss Fair. Novice, except blue - 1, Capt. St. Barbe; 2, Mrs. Sampson; 3, Miss Fisher. Breeders, kitten, except blue - 1. Mrs. Aubrey; 2, Mrs. Stevenson; 3, Mrs. Vize. Novice - 1, Mrs. Saunders, St. Albans; 2, Miss Marriott; 3, Miss Alexander. Limit, cat, except blue - 1, Miss Cathcart; 2, Miss Marriott; 3, Miss Fisher. Senior, cat. except blue - 1, Mrs. Stevenson; 2, Miss Cathcart; 3, Capt. St. Barbe; extra 3. Miss Marriott. Junior cat, except blue - 1 and 3, Capt. St. Barbe; 2, Mrs. Stevenson. Graduate, 9 to 12 months – 1, Miss Marriott; 2, Miss Stuck; 3, Miss Thornley, Winkleigh. Maiden, cat or kitten – 1, Miss Peake; 2, Mrs. Sampson; 3, Mr. Patterson. Brace, cats - 1, Mrs. Stevenson; 2. Capt. St Barbe; 3, Capt. Powell. Kittens – 1, Miss Peake; 2 ;. Mrs Aubrey; 3. Mrs. Newborne. Stud - 1. Mrs. Stevenson; 2, Capt. St. Barbe; 3, Miss Alexander.
Neuter, a.o.c, long hair or short hair - 1. Mrs. Sydney Evans; 2, Mrs. Showbray, Exeter: 3, Mrs. Walters, Exeter. Neuter, kitten or graduate – 1, Mrs. Showbray; 2, Mrs. Walters; 3, Miss Pratt, North Tawton
Household pet - 1, Mrs. Showbray: 2, Mrs Alexander, Tarnton; 3, Miss Hurford, Exeter.
Black – 1 and Ch., Mrs. Sharman; 2, Mrs. Hjggins, Ipswich.
White– 1 and Ch., Mrs Sharman.
Manx– 1 and Ch., and 2, Miss Morant; 3. Mr. S. Woodiwiss, Great Waltham, near Chelmsford.
Siamese, male - 1l, Mrs. Williams, Newton Abbot; 2. Mrs. Perkins, East Grinstead, Essex [no it’s not - It’s Sussex]; 3, Mrs Cox-Ife, Oxted, Surrey. Siamese, female – 1 and Ch., Mrs. Cates, Winterbourne. Siamese breeders 1 and 3, Mrs. Cates; 2, Mrs. Perkins Novice -1, Mrs Coleridge, Wadebridge; 2, Mrs. Williams; 3, Mr. and Mrs. Austin Walker, Chagford. Limit -1, Mrs. Coleridge; 2. Mrs. Cates; 3. Mr. and Mrs. Austin Walker. Kitten, 3 6 months – 1 and 3,. Mrs. Coleridge; 2, Mrs Alexander.
Abyssinian, male – 1 and Ch., Maj. Woodiwiss, Danbury. Essex. Female – 1, Mrs. Sharman; 2, Maj. Woodiwiss. Kitten 1 and 2, Maj. Woodiwiss.
A.V. short-hair cat - 1, Miss Fair; 2. Mrs. Reynolds-Sams; 3, Mrs. Sharman. Breeders, except Siamese – 1, Miss Fair; 2. Mrs. Beynolds-Sams; 3. Mrs. Sharman. Kitten – 1,Miss Stuck; 2, Mrs. Alexander; 3, Mrs Sharman.
Selling, not to exceed £5 - 1, Miss Peake; 2, Miss Fisher; 3. Mrs. Barter, Poole.
Team – 1, Miss Fair; 2. Miss Rodda.
Radius - 1, 2, and 3, Mrs. Sampson.
South-Western Counties Cat Club, Longhair cat, male – 1, Miss Cathcart; 2, Miss Stuck; 3, Miss Peake. Female – 1, Miss Cathcart; 2, Capt. St. Barbe; 3, Mrs. Sampson. Kitten – 1, Mrs. Aubrey; 2, Miss Peake; 3, Miss Fair. Short-hair, cat or kitten - 1, Miss Fair; 2, Mrs. Alexander; 3. Mrs. Revnolds-Sams.
National Cat Club, long-hair cat – 1, mrs. Stevenson; 2, miss Stuck; 3, Mrs Bazeley. A.V. short-hair – 1, Miss Fair; 2, Mrs Reynolds-Sams; 3, Mrs. Sharman..
Midland Counties Cat Club, a.v. cat – 1, Mrs Stevenson; 2, Miss Fair; 3, Miss Stuck. Kitten – 1, Mrs. Aubrey; 2, Mrs. Stevenson; 3, Miss Peake.
Southern Counties Cat Club. a.v. cat – 1, Miss Peake; 2, mrs. Stevenson; 3, Mrs. Bazeley. Kitten – 1, Mrs. Stevenson; 2, Miss Peake; 3, Mrs. Aubrey.—l. Mis* 2, Stevenson; 3. Mrs.
Newbury Cat Club a.v. male, cat, or kitten – 1, Mrs. Bazeley; 2, Capt. St. Barbe; 3, Mr. Cox-Ife.
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1939 REGIONAL CAT SHOWS
CAT BREEDER’S SUCCESS. Falkirk Herald, 20th May 1939
At the East Fife Agricultural Society’s sow on Thursday, Mr. Thomas Waugh, Graham’s Road, Falkirk, exhibiting in the fur section, gained first and second prizes respectively with his cats “Meadwood Black Beauty” and “Springfield Princess.” “Basildon Trinket,” which has brought in so many outstanding awards for Mr. Waugh, was also entered for the show, but died just over a month ago.
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1950 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW - The Illustrated London News, September 30, 1950
Cat lovers from all over England went to Olympia on September 20 and 21 for the Crystal Cat Show, [sic] which attracted 797 entries from 432 exhibits. Although the best exhibit in the show was a chinchilla female, Miss A Steer's Ch. Langherne Winsome, the blue Persian cats and kittens showed the best post-war standard. Siamese adults were not in their best condition at this time of year, but there were some nice kittens. The show included an exhibition of "interesting cats," including a rare male tortoise-shell and a cat with twenty-five tows and its kitten, which has twenty-four toes. Mis Pat Tucker's champion, Vectensian Copper Eyes, and her three kittens, Brutus, Branse and Bracken, were judged the finest short-haired litter at the show.
1951 CRYSTAL PALACE CAT SHOW