The Collie King Cup. The electroplated nickel silver trophy cup has a short stem, two ornate question mark handles and a lift off dome lid with figure of axeman standing on top. I Inscribed:- " THE COLLIE KING CUP / PRESENTED TO / The New Zealand Axemen's Association / BY / THE AMERICAN AXE AND TOOL Co. / NEW YORK, U.S.A " is marked on the front. " Worlds Championship Chop. 2 Foot Block. To be won twice in succession or three times at intervals before becoming property of the winner. 1912" is marked on the reverse.
The cup is decorated with fluting, scrolls, and leaf work. Stands on detachable round wooden base bearing five shields.
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The Collie King Cup, named after a prominent brand of axe manufactured by the American Axe and Tool Co., was one of the many trophies won by the champion Taranaki chopper who was born in 1889 and grew up in the backblocks in Tahora, eastern Taranaki. When Ned was 17, he took over a Moki Road farm with his brother and quickly became adept at bushwacking, learning the skills and building the stamina which led him to win world wood chopping titles, and a swag of other competitions, before he finally retired from competition in 1934. Ned donated his axes and trophies to Taranaki Museum in 1960.
In later life, his considerable energies were turned towards nurturing trees, rather than chopping them up. He established a garden at his home in Corbett Road, Bell Block and was heavily involved with the gardens at Pukeiti. He died in 1962 and in 1985, the money bequeathed from his estate was used to build the Pukeiti gatehouse and extend the gardens.