About Home

Objects on Display

Cup, C. F. Splitdorf, Glenn H. Curtiss

Image Not Available

Display Status:

This object is on display in the Early Flight exhibition at the National Mall building.


Glenn Hammond Curtiss came to be known as "The Father of Naval Aviation" and "Founder of the American Aircraft Industry". He was a remarkable engineer, beginning his career as a successful motorcycle manufacturer. Curtiss was a fierce competitor, entering and winning many races and keeping up with competition from firms such as Harley Davidson and Indian. On Labor Day in 1902 Curtiss entered his first gasoline-powered race, sponsored by the New York Motorcycle Club in Brooklyn. He was awarded the C. F. Splidorf Cup for the First Annual Road Race.

Bequest of the Estate of Glenn H. Curtiss

Date: 1902

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: 3-D: 17.8 x 17.8 x 14.6cm (7 x 7 x 5 3/4 in.)

Materials: Overall: Pewter

Physical Description:This trophy is a cup with a triangular shape, having a wide round base and tapering inward at the top. There are three evenly spaced handles connected to the body of the cup. Engraved text: New York Cycle Club, First Annual Road Race C.F. Splidorf Cup, Won by G.H. Curtiss Labor Day 1902. On bottom: 310.

Inventory number: A19730598000

Visit | Events | Exhibitions | Objects        Bookmark and Share