OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TROPHY: A silver replica of the Open Championship ewer Garrard & Co Ltd, London 1985

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OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TROPHY: A silver replica of the Open Championship ewer
Garrard & Co Ltd, London 1985

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 27,000 - 40,000
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TROPHY: A silver replica of the Open Championship ewer
Garrard & Co Ltd, London 1985
Profuse chased decoration, elongated neck and curved shoulders, the slightly tapering cylindrical body with four panels, one depicting a standing golfer in full swing, knopped pedestal foot, on a three tired wood base each with a plain silver band, in original fitted box
overall height 35.8cm, weight 15oz.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    From information provided by the vendor, two third scale trophies made by Garrard's were traditionally given to the winners of the Ryder Cup and Open Championship. These two examples, (lots 2 and 3) were purchased some 30 years ago directly from a director of the company prior to them being awarded

    History
    The Open Championship silver claret jug is arguably golf's most famous prize but it was not awarded to the first Open champion Willie Park in 1860, he received the Challenge Belt and if a player won the competition on three consecutive years, he could own the trophy which Young Tom Morris achieved in 1868-1870. There was no event contested in 1871 as there was no trophy to present and a solution to this was resolved as detailed from The Open website:
    Agreement was finally reached on September 11, 1872 between the three clubs that were to host The Open — Prestwick, the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. They decided that the Champion would receive a medal and that each of the three clubs would contribute £10 towards the cost of a new trophy, which was to be a silver Claret Jug, instead of another Belt. Its proper name was to be The Golf Champion Trophy.

    The claret jug, made by Mackay Cunningham & Company of Edinburgh, was first awarded in 1872 – but not presented to winner Young Tom Morris. The trophy wasn't yet ready, so while Morris' name was the first to be engraved on it, Tom Kidd, was the first to receive it the following year as champion.

    The original trophy was awarded to players annually until 1927. When Walter Hagen won in 1928, he was given a replica and the original was put on permanent display at the clubhouse at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews. Champions continue to receive the replica trophy, on which they get their names engraved and get to keep for a year before returning to the R&A upon the conclusion of their reign. Champions receive their own replica to keep.
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OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TROPHY: A silver replica of the Open Championship ewer Garrard & Co Ltd, London 1985
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TROPHY: A silver replica of the Open Championship ewer Garrard & Co Ltd, London 1985
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TROPHY: A silver replica of the Open Championship ewer Garrard & Co Ltd, London 1985
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TROPHY: A silver replica of the Open Championship ewer Garrard & Co Ltd, London 1985
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