GALLERY: Angora/Longhair/Persian: Chinchilla Silver/Shaded Silver

When fellow author Gillian Vine, wrote her chapter on 'Silver Longhairs' in 1978, she headed it with the title "Ethereal Silvers Win All Hearts"; a statement that could not have been closer to the truth. From the very beginning, silver tabbies, with their striking markings, then lighter silver tabbies and eventually shaded silvers and clear-coated Chinchillas, have caught the imagination of breeders and cat fanciers alike.

But it is to the words of Mrs. Balding, (formerly Miss Dorothy Gresham) and the owner of the famed 'Silver Lambkin' that we turn for a clear description of the appearance of clearer coated Silvers.

"It is something like twenty years ago that, amongst the competitors in the classes for long-haired tabbies, at the Crystal Palace and other important shows, was occasionally to be seen an alien with the ground colour of the silver tabby, but with very few stripes on the body. These cats were evidently sports from the silver tabby, so much so that the class for that section was the only one open to them; and, although they invariably showed great quality, breeders were loath to exhibit them in the medley of different coloured tabbies, where one of their chief beauties - the absence of stripes - became a disadvantage."

"Amongst these outcasts, was a cat of striking beauty, whose like has not been seen again. This was 'Sylvie', of unknown pedigree, owned by the late Mrs. Christopher, at whose death she became the property of the late Miss Saunders of Peterborough. A beautiful portrait of this exquisite chinchilla, is given in Mr. Harrison Weir's book 'Our Cats'. When judging at the Crystal Palace in 1886, this connoisseur and judge of world-wide repute awarded her first prize, medal and special for the best long-haired cat, getting over the difficulty of her silvery, unmarked coat, by calling her a very light blue tabby, though the puzzle was to find the tabby."

And thus, even before a class for the 'Self-Silver' or 'Chinchilla' was even created, the existence of a clear coated silver is confirmed, and the desire to emulate the ethereal beauty of 'Sylvie' firmly established.

It seems fitting that Mrs. Balding's own Silver male, 'Silver Lambkin' should be designated as the 'father' of the Chinchilla breed, although a study of silver pedigrees would tend to suggest that his dam, 'Beauty of Bridgeyate' could be equally deserving of the honour of 'founder' of this colour variety. In any event, 'Silver Lambkin' became the prime progenitor of this ever popular breed, so much so, that when he passed away late in 1906 at the ripe old age of 17 years, his death was widely reported in the press, the news reaching even to the farthest corners of the globe.

1870-1879
1879
Sylvie
History

1880-1889
1887
1887
1888
1888
1889
Chloe
History
Dinah
The Silver Lambkin 1
The Silver Lambkin 2
Silver Lambkin
History
 
1889
The Nizam
History

1890-1899
1894
1894
1894
1894
1895
Ameer
History
Lord Argent
History
Lord Southampton
History
Sea Foam
Fulmer Zaida
History
 
1896
1896
1897
1897
1897
Dossie
History
The Seraph
History
The Silver Lily
History
Mowgli
History
Otto
 
1897
1897
1897
1898
1898
Silver Jessamine
History
Silver Sultan
History
Silver Charm
History
Prince of the Fairies
History
Rob Roy of Arrandale
History
 
1898
1898
1898
1898
1898
Silver Blossom
Silver Lotus
History
Silver Starlight
History
Silver Tom
History
Silver Veronica
History
 
1898
1899
1899
1899
1899
The Elder Miss Blossom
Cambyses
History
Chow
Lord Hampton
Lord Nugent
History
 
1899
1899
1899
1899
1899
Lord Sylvester
History
Queen Mab
Silver Flash
History
Silver Monarch
History
The Absent-Minded Beggar
History
 
1899
1899
1899
1899
The Blessed Damosel
The Omar Omar
History
Argent Moonbeam
Moonlight Blossom

1900-1909
1900
1900
1900
1900
1900
Argent Moonbeam II
Ashbrittle San Toy
Cairo Ramaden
History
His Majesty of Whitehall
History
Jupiter Duvals
 
1901
1901
1901
1901
1901
Chela
Fluffie Tod
History
Imp II
Jack Frost
Oasis the Troubadour
 
1901
1901
1901
1901
1901
Prince Charming
Puck III
History
Seagull Duvals
Shah of Persia
Silver Emperor
 
1901
1901
1902
1902
1902
Silver Sultan II
Star Duval
Al-Tarek
History
Argent Splendour
Omar II
History
 
1902
1902
1902
1903
1903
Otto Boy
History
Star of the Spheres
Venus
Dinglet Owlet
Plym
 
1903
1903
1903
1905
1905
Silver Thistledown
Dolly Daydream
Somebody's Darling
Betty Barker
Thelma Lenore
 
1905
1906
1906
1906
1906
Clairmont
History
Argent Glorious
King Winter
Lord Silvercote of Arrandale
Rob Roy II of Arrandale
History
 
1907
1908
1908
1908
1909
Silver Dragon
Argent Glorioso
Argent Royal
El Mora
Fairy Silver Bells
 
1909
1909
Sandalphon
Zero

1910-1919
c 1910
1910
1910
1910
1910
Curioso
Don Otto
Kama the Messenger
M'lle Genee
Romeo Silver Dyke
 
1910
1913
1913
1913
1913
Silver Gleam
Al Tarek V
Aurora Silver Dai
Holden Silver Light
Prince Feramorz
 
c 1913
1914
1915
1915
c 1915
Queen of Hearts
Bobby Shafto
Donnithorne
Gloria Victis
Miramar Misty Miss
 
c 1915
c 1916
c 1917
1917
1917
Wahoo Mystic Princess
Princess Tandu
Al Tarek Dai
Silver Echo of Claremont
Vera of Allington
 
1919
1919
1919
Dulcibel of Allington
Greenwich Peggoty
Winter Starlight II of Pequossette

1920-1929
1920
c1921
1921
1921
1922
Roblyn II of Minnesota
Cummin One
Echette
MidgetOfHyver
Bebe of Ramona
 
1922
1922
1922
1922
1923
Cupid of Hyver
Silvershine Laddie
True Boy Flag
Winter Marvel
Dawn O'Pax of Central Crest
 
1924
1925
1925
1926
1927
Saxby Silver Bambino
Bonnie Maid O'The Mist
Langherne Betty of COryton
Glitter Of Runnymede
Mab of Allington
 
1927
1927
1928
1928
1928
Peri of Boreham
Sahib of Boreham
Caro of Correden
Desmond of Allington
Langherne Treasure

1930-1939
1931
1931
1931
1932
1933
Duffy of Allington
Honey Boy of Corso
Matthew of Greengables
Thistledown Carus
Boardwalk Chinchilla King
 
1933
1933
1934
1934
1935
Diadem Sun of Twin Oaks
Rochmoor Prince Ron-Ron
Bonnie Jean
Corso's Little Lover of Rose Crest
Peggoty Anne of Porchester
 
1935
1937
1937
1938
1938
Rose Crest Little Pal
Thistledown Romulus
Wahoo Lady Cozette
Delphi Dona Juan
Langherne Winsome

1940-1949
1940
1940
1941
1943
1944
Leo of Allington
Wahoo Dan Cupid
Duffy of Beverly-Serrano
Foxburrow Tilli-Willi
Michael of Beverly-Serrano
 
1946
1949
1949
Poldenhills Cameo Suzanne
Sarisbury Lorenza
Scamp of Allington

1950-1959
1950
1950
1950
1952
1953
Langbank Lotus
Matthew of Allington
Melanie of Allington
Seth of Allington
Fidelio of Allington
 
1956
1957
c 1959
c 1959
FishermoreHelen
Bonavia Campanello
Highland Silver Sea
Lindisfarne Gossamer

1960-1969
1963
1966
1967
1968
1968
Tuidene Periwinkle
Johann Moonlight Sonata
Tuidene Dolly Varden
Tuidene Floral Satchet
Tuidene Petite Maidie
 
1968
Tuidene Toi Toi

1970-1979
1974
TuideneKynan

'GC Wis-Purr Trinket of Diadem' (b 1972) with her three kittens by 'GC Diadem Allegro' (b 1975)
'GC Diadem Allegra', 'GC Diadem Knick Knack' and 'GC Diadem Charisma', born April 6, 1978

Image courtesy of Janice Reichle

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