Victorian Army Service Corps Silver Fob Medal ASC CUP 1896-7, James Fenton Birmingham

Hallmarked British Silver
4.4cm x 5.4cm
Standard Parcel
Silver fob medal for the ASC (Army Service Corps) Cup 1896-7. Hallmarks to rear are very rubbed but can be just made out as: Birmingham 1896 by James Fenton. Name of medal winner is also inscribed to rear but now too worn to be reliably identified.
A piece of Victorian Militaria that probably commemorates prowess on the sporting field rather than the battlefield.
The name Army Service Corps (ASC) was first used in 1870 but only included other rank soldiers of the the Military Train with officers drawn from the Control Department. Further changes followed until the ASC was properly established in December 1888 with the amalgamation of the Commissariat and Transport Staff with the Commissariat and Transport Corps. This marked the first time that ASC other ranks and officers served in the same same unit. In 1918, the corps received the "Royal" prefix for its service in the First World War and became the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC).