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What a delightful find! This tankard was discovered in an antique store...yes, a real antique store, NOT on eBay. Upon discovering it, I immediately snapped some pictures and shared them with the FBDCA Club Historian, Jim Grebe. He reported back to me with the following information and the delightful picture of the recepient of the tankard back in the first decade of the 1900s.
From Jim, "Your Reed & Barton tankard is very special as it was inscribed with the winner's name. FBDCA was not holding specialty shows 1900-1909 but it offered trophies, such as your tankard, at shows that featured judges approved by the club (no judges that put up rose-eared dogs!).
"Unfortunately I have not found anything on Balzac but this is from the old French Bulldog book of 1926, p.127: Harvey S. Ladew, about fifteen years ago, frequently showed French bulldogs, especially in and around New York City, Ch. Nellcote Blanchette being his first premier dog. In 1912, he imported the female Gitane, the last dog from abroad of superior quality to reach America. Gitane gained her championship without ever having been defeated."
"Ladew's Elsinore kennel was located in Glen Cove, Long island. The book includes a photo of Miss Elsie Wall Ladew with Ch. Gitane. The same photo was published in the March 1913 issue of the old magazine, The French Bull Dog."