Prestigious competitions need prizes worth fighting for. The larger the prize, the higher the stakes; the higher the stakes, the more rewarding the victory.
Every level of competition, from the Olympics to regional races, uses trophies and awards to motivate talented competitors to participate.
Hand-crafted pewter or sterling silver trophies dramatically increase the appeal of a competition to potential talent and push participants to new heights in striving to be the best.
There are many different styles, ranging from minimalist to ornate, available in all sizes imaginable. Whether you want tasteful, memorable, or unique, there’s a trophy to suit your needs.
Meandros Trophy Cup (700 Series)
With handles styled after the famous Greek design, these trophies come in five different sizes for any level of achievement.
Apollo Trophy Cup (TR761)
Laurel wreath handles frame this slender trophy in a tribute to the Greek god Apollo. The god of the sun, truth, and prophecy, Apollo is crowned with a laurel wreath.
Loving Cup (620 Series)
A tall, regal trophy, the 620 Series comes in four different sizes from 8.5 to 14.5 inches tall.
Loving Cup (650 Series)
This classic design has wide, spanning handles and a large bowl. The 650 Series usually does not come with a cover, but a base balances it perfectly.
The engraving space on the TR650 Series is much wider than it is tall, so wide artwork will fill out the engraving space nicely.
Loving Cup (800 Series)
The 800 Series Loving Cup is one of our popular classic designs. Its extra height provides a tall vertical engraving area.
The sterling silver Colonial Cup features two ornate handles on either side of a wide bowl. A cherry base adorned with up to four silver engraving plaques creates beautiful contrast, and it gives plenty of engraving space for a perennial award.
Trays make brilliant displays to commemorate an occasion. They have a large, flat area that can be filled with highly-visible engraving. Optional stands allow easy display in a case or on a desk, or a wall hanging mount can be soldered on.
How to Design Your Own Custom Trophy
Since trophies come in so many shapes and sizes, it can be difficult to even know where to start. On top of that, the ideas you have in your head might be difficult to implement. We’ve put together some examples that can help you get started, but first let’s look at the anatomy of a trophy.
The Anatomy of a Trophy Cup
- Trophy Body
The cup part of a trophy is generally referred to as the body. The body can be engraved with a logo or text on the front and/or back. Usually the engraving on the body will be information that doesn’t change like a logo, iconic phrase, or a tournament’s starting year.
- Cover or Lid
Not all trophies have a cover, but a cover can help theme the trophy to a certain sport or event by using a custom finial.
A standard finial is a small ornate piece that is soldered to the top of the cover. It can be replaced with a variety of custom finials like a soccer ball, horse and jockey, or golfer.
The trophy pedestal is the part underneath the body. It is not typically engraved, but it may have ridges or designs that add to the overall look and balance of the trophy.
- Mounting Bar
A mounting bar is a piece of metal soldered into the pedestal that is used to attach the trophy to a base. If you order a trophy with a base, it will come with a mounting bar. You can also order a trophy with a mounting bar and no base if you would like to mount the trophy on your own base later.
Trophy bases attach to the bottom of the trophy and are typically engraved with information that changes yearly or after each competition. The base can be removed for engraving, or in the case of our square wood bases, can have the plaques removed for engraving.
- Double Base
Just like a trophy can be mounted on a base, a trophy with a base can be mounted on another base to expand the space available for more dedications. The second base is larger than the first, and attaches to the first base with a mounting screw.
Trophies can be customized in a number of ways. Our craftsmen can fulfill almost any custom order, but many unique customizations can be prohibitively expensive. Listed below are some of those options, so you can make your trophy a unique prize for any occasion.
A Meandros Trophy Cup (700 series) standing next to its metal base.
Bases are removable and attach to a threaded mounting bar on the cup.
Either a wood or metal base can be added to any trophy to make it larger and more conspicuous. Wood bases come with an engraved plaque.
We offer both full-metal and wood bases. Wooden bases come with an engravable plaque in either silver or pewter.
All trophies can be engraved to dedicate the award to its recipient. To engrave, we use a diamond tipped etching stylus. Unlike laser engraving, this gives inscriptions an appearance of hand engraving.
Awards can be returned and inscribed after the winner is known.
Pewter vs. Sterling Silver Trophies
Sterling is more expensive and desirable, but large sterling silver trophies can be prohibitively expensive.
Our workers have experience crafting both sterling and pewter trophies in every size and style.
For a bold statement, there’s nothing that compares to a champion holding a massive victory cup aloft, but unless you’re making the Stanley Cup, that size in sterling silver may be prohibitively expensive. Bright-polished pewter displays a similar brilliance as sterling silver, at a fraction of the cost. Pewter holds its shine remarkably well in a display case, without maintenance.
Sterling Silver Trophies
Many events do not warrant an ostentatious statement. For an elegant, tasteful prize with a timeless value, sterling silver is the medium of choice for the most prestigious trophies. Smaller, more manageable sterling trophies are often more desirable than larger pewter options.
For multiple prizes at a single competition, sterling silver can make the grand prize, while lesser prizes are done in pewter. In this case, it is not enough for the trophy to be more valuable; it needs to look the part too. A sterling silver trophy cup with pewter award trays as runner-up prizes can really differentiate the winner and drive fierce competition for first place.
Custom Trophies Examples
Below are some unique trophies that we have made for other customers.
Abbey Street Trophies
These trophies were designed for two golf tournaments. The Abbey Street Invitational trophy is our TR800 cup with a stylized pedestal and custom handles. We added beading to the top and bottom of the trophy along with the custom castings on the front. The raised lettering and golf bags are plated with 24k gold to really bring out the contrast. Engraved on the base is a list of the winners.
The Abbey Street Cup trophy is our TR625 without a cover but otherwise not much modification to the design. We chose an alternative center piece medallion of the crossed golf clubs instead of the golf bags, and as before plated the lettering and the medallion with 24k gold. A list of the winners are engraved on the base as this is a perpetual cup.
The Israel Cup Northwest – Golf Trophy Cup
This custom pewter trophy cup is a modified version of our 800 Series. It has a specially-made unique pedestal design, different handles, a decorative beaded knurl on the rim and pedestal, a walnut base, and custom engraving.
The Collie Club of America Cup
This is the Apollo Trophy customized with engraving, a specially designed medallion, and base. The trophy has a grey/satin finish that is not reflective like the typical bright/polished/mirror finish.
Robert T. Morrow Perpetual Cup
Featuring a custom-made bowl, engraving, and a hardwood base, this pewter perpetual cup is a yachting trophy made in memory of Robert T. Morrow. The trophy bowl was lengthened from the standard Colonial Cup to allow for a larger engraving space.
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