A large collection of polo trophies and photo archive
A collection of polo trophies and photographic archive relating to Eric Tyrrell-Martin
Eric Horace Tyrrell-Martin was an English international polo player and captained the English team in 1936. Born in Yorkshire, he attended Rugby and Cambridge before becoming a Lieutenant in the 16th Hussars. He married Edith 'Babs' in 1929, who was an exceptional sportswoman, playing tennis at Wimbledon and placing as a runner up in the All American Womens' Golf Championship. Consisting of various silver and silver plated trophies and cups including: a twin-handled silver presentation cup, London, including 2 photo albums and newspaper articles relating to the life and career of Tyrrell-Martin; two address books belonging to his wife Edith containing details for many celebrities including Fred Astaire; Ginger Rogers; Clarke Gable; Walt Disney; Bing Crosby; Charley [sic] Chaplin.
The collection of photographs includes two albums: one containing approximately 100 photographs together with some newspaper cuttings; the other a collection of newspaper articles mostly tracking press coverage of the Westchester Cup at Hurlingham and includes signatures of Gerald Balding (British) and Stewart B. Inglehart and Winston F.C. Guest (America).
In addition there are approximately 200 loose black and white photographs, some mounted–of the English Polo team in 1936 and Tyrrell-Martin sitting on polo horses Pipes O'Pan and French Cottage. The largest 30cm x 39.5cm, the majority 18cm x 12cm and smaller, illustrating polo matches, social events and family holidays.
Tyrrell-Martin had a colourful polo career: he captained the English polo team against America for the Westchester Cup at Hurlingham, a competition the United States have historically dominated and was invited to represent England at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, but wasn't able to accept.
Tyrrell-Martin was a member of the polo team that won the American Open Championship in 1939 and was temporarily suspended by the Hurlingham Club Polo Committee, which led to the Texas Rangers polo team withdrawing from the Hurlingham Champion Cup final in 1936.
He and Edith moved to California in 1936 returning to England for only a few months a year thereafter; he spent much time travelling the world playing polo in countries such as: Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Argentina, Jamaica, East Africa and America. He and Babs led a glittering social life with many famous friends and connections.
They visited the Roosevelt's at the White House in 1939 and with the backing of King Farouk he promoted and developed polo in Egypt. He died in 1953 as a result of injuries sustained while playing polo.
Trophies with inscriptions include: Carlow Hunt Races, Light Weight, 1911; Carlow Hunt Races, Light Weight, 1912; Beaufort Hunt Polo Club, Spring Cup, April 1929 (x2); W.S.P.C., Junior Cup, 1925, Templeton, 1. E.H. Martin...; W.S.P.C., Novices Cup, 1925, Chapel Brampton, 1. E.H. Martin...; W.S.P.C., Senior Cup, 1928,...; W.S.P.C., Visitors Cup, 1925, Ridley House, 1. E.H. Martin...; Midwick Country Club Open Championship, 1937, Won by Texas Rangers...; Hurlingham Club, 1926, Oxford v Cambridge; Antwerp Polo Club, Challenge Cup, 1930; Gans Challenge Cup Deauville, 1930; Polo de Laversine, 1929; San Mateo-Burlinghame, Polo Club, High Goal Handicap, Won by...; Coupe de Bourg de Bozas, Polo de Deauville, 1929 Meadow Brook Club, 1939, Presented by The Hurlingham Club...; Cannes-Brioni-Vienna-Challenge-Cup...; A.P.C. Coupe de L'Exposition D'Anvers, 1930; Polo de Paris 1929; Chateau D'Oex, September, 1913; C.A.V., Conference, Eastbourne, 1969
Together with a small quantity of others not inscribed.
A truly unique and most important collection of polo memorabilia worthy of exhibit
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