PRN: Sports Trophies Galore Including one for the First Woman to Win Olympic Gold

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Sports Trophies Galore Including one for the First Woman to Win Olympic Gold


LONDON, February 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

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A magnificent 76cm wide, solid silver 'tray' has come up for sale at the London Silver Vaults, the UK's largest retailer of antique silver.  The tray was originally awarded to the winners of the Irish Lawn Tennis mixed doubles in 1896, Charlotte Cooper of London and Harold Segerson Mahoney of Ireland. They both went on to win Wimbledon and medals in the 1900 Paris Olympics, where Charlotte became the first woman to win an Olympic gold.  Charlotte (in her ankle-length dress) won Wimbledon five times between 1895 and 1908.

Charlotte never got to display the trophy, it went to Dromore Castle, Mahoney's home and was subsequently sold by his family. Now 116 years later, with its London hallmark, it is for sale at William Walter and expected to fetch in the region of £15,000.

The tray is one of probably the largest collection of sporting trophies for sale in the UK and other famous prizes have passed through the doors of the Silver Vaults including replicas of Wimbledon Ladies' Singles' Rosewater Bowl and the Jules Rimet-designed World Cup.

Trophies for sport and other competitions became popular in Britain's industrialising 18th and 19th centuries. This gives us a rich source of wonderful hand-crafted and decorated antique silver vases, cups, bowls, shields and trays for use today.

Styles range from the traditional two-handled cup and cover to bespoke designs often featuring cast models of animals, sporting figures, boats or sports gear (such as oars, tennis racquets, golf clubs, cricket balls & stumps).  

Antique trophies can be re-engraved with new inscriptions and due to the rising costs of silver bullion, can be much less expensive than new ones. But commissions are undertaken by several shops at the Vaults. Langfords recently produced a replica of New York's Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup for small yachts after it was lost in hurricane Katrina.

Prices range from about £200 for a small, two handled cup and cover, and might rise to £8,000 and above for a large or intricate design.  

See for illustrated catalogues or visit The London Silver Vaults, Southampton Buildings, WC2A 1QS and call into Vault 7, Steven Linden (chairman of the Dealers) will provide useful advice.

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