The donor of this cup, George P. Work (1858-1900), was an avid outdoorsman and belonged to numerous social and sports clubs surrounding New York City. He was one of the best pigeon shots of the late nineteenth century and both won and sponsored many prizes.
The winner of this Work Cup was Charles F. Watson (d. 1932), a well-known sportsman. Although he was one of the founders of the National Golf Links Club at Southampton and the Racquet and Tennis Club, he was particularly known for field and trap shooting. Mr. Watson won this particular Work Cup for wild pigeon shooting in 1885 and also won the distinguished Lorillard Cup in 1883 and 1887.
Both George Work and Charles Watson were shooting members of the Westminster Kennel Club before pigeon shooting was outlawed in New York and New Jersey in 1904.