Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Vintage Trophy Collection ~




I fell in love with Vintage Trophy cups about 2 years ago. Something about the tarnished silver, trophy's shape and old inscriptions just speak to me. I often wonder what the trophies would say if they could talk...the past stories that were attached to winning each cup... 

Who were these winners and did they cherish their lovely silver prizes?

I learned pretty quickly that these beauties don't come with a cheap price tag and are hard to find.  I have never seen one at a Thrift store or garage sale, and believe me I look! I only have one cup that was truly a bargain...
All my other cups, I'm disappointed to say, 
came with a high price tag. 

Mr. AntiqueChase, if you are reading... 
turn away from the computer!

I decided that I would have to be very choosy in my collecting... My Trophies would need to be very well priced or have old inscriptions that I could relate to in my current life... 

I'm pretty sure that this trophy was the start to my collection...
purchased from Ebay...


My children have some Honors classes 
so I loved that it was given to an Honor Student!!


It's a bit crooked...
a little beat up...
just like my kids after finals week...
poor things!


Wouldn't be it great 
if they still gave these 
beautiful Trophies out??!!

 Somehow the bumper sticker
 "My kid is an Honor Student" 
doesn't have quite the same appeal!

Don't you agree?


The trophy above was also purchased on Ebay.


It's the largest trophy in my collection...


I also chose this Trophy because of it's inscription...


My son plays High School football
so it's fun to have a vintage football trophy 
in my collection...

The trophy is 14 inches tall...
my son wears a size 14 cleats...
are you hearing the Twilight Zone music?
Ya, me neither... 


You can see that the silver is tarnished and pitted

and that's perfectly okay...

In fact, I prefer these imperfections!


I don't remember where I picked this trophy up... (which is a bit unusual for me).  The inscription doesn't have any extended meaning to me. I have never been to Cape Cod, I don't live on the East Coast... Maybe I was hoping to inspire Mr. AntiqueChase to take me there?


It is a nice size,
a little narrower than most
with great patina...
A keeper!


This Trophy is MY FAVORITE 
for a few reasons...

First, Mr. AntiqueChase was at the flea market with me when we found it...

I don't often drag him antiquing
but we had such a fun day walking around the Rose Bowl!

If you knew Mr. AntiqueChase, 
then you would know that he doesn't like to shop....

So, 
I am reminded of the little things 
he does to make me happy 
and his patience 
even when I drag him antiquing.


It was Valentine's Day and I asked him to buy it for me....

 I convinced him that the enamel Red Cross 
would always remind me 
that he gave me this gift on February 14th...

(I'm clever... don'tcha think?)
LOL



This was the little post card 
that the Rose Bowl handed out with Admission...


I kept it as a little reminder...
Here you can see if stuffed in the cup!


I did an entire post on this Red Cross Trophy 
you can read about it here


This trophy is rather plain
since it has no inscription...

I added a couple of old rulers for a bit more interest....


It has interesting handles
which give some character...

It's has a bit more shine that my other trophies...
The antique store where I purchased it 
had recently shined it.

I'm letting it dull....


This trophy is truly gorgeous in person...
I had such a hard time photographing these pieces 
and this one gave me the most glare!


I love the patina and the inscription is a wonderful bold font...

It was given for 
BEST COLLECTION PEONIES
and won by E.W. Darling!

I don't know Mrs. Darling
but how lovely she must have been!

I don't grow Peonies, 
only roses....

However, my mother is a Master Gardener...
so, I decided I must have this trophy! 
(who shops like this??)

Okay, moving on...
My last trophy is my newest trophy


So tiny 
it's only about 5 inches tall....

I purchased it at the Grand Opening of my friend Kymberly's new antique store
in Agoura Hills, California.


I thought it was so charming 
and it will always remind me 
of that exciting Grand Opening night!

Recently, I was out Thrifting and found this silver platter...


It was a very generous size 
with a beautiful decorative scroll around the edges...
I have plenty of round and oval trays...

I love that this one is SQUARE!


Nice engraving...
Why oh why do people give this stuff away??


I love the small feet on this platter which raise it up...

I brought it home not knowing what I would do with it...
Who can pass up a $7 silver platter?

I thought it would be nice to corral my Trophy collection...


So, can you guess which Trophy was my bargain??

Hope you enjoyed a peek at my collection....
I would love to hear about yours!

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89 comments:

JunqueMagnet said...

Oooh.Your collection is quite drool worthy!!They are indeed difficult to find.I lucked out at the Jersey Shore last summer and found one with most of its silver long gone.She's a beauty none the less.Thanks for sharing.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

That collection is awesome! I have three. Being engraved makes them so special. Your Valentine story is clever and very sweet:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Marcy, I love these silver trophies! AND the gorgeous $7 tray...with FEET! And the way you have displayed them is just perfection!

I saw a silver trophy in a thrift store a couple of months ago and it was $20...I didn't get it and have kicked myself ever since! Now you have just reopened the wound!

Lou Cinda :)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love your collection, they are beautiful!!
Maybe the hubs won't read today :)
XO

KATHY said...

I love your collection! They sure are gorgeous.

Kathy

Sue said...

Yup- Trophies are waaay better than bumper stickers! You're right about their scarcity. I am always looking, but to date, have had no luck. You're quite lucky to have found the ones you have, Marcy. :-)
~ Sue

Brenda Kula said...

You know, I think this same thing about the old photos I buy at the antique malls. Who would give away or sell photos of their loved ones? How can they part with this recognition of time and achievement (in the case of your trophies)? Is everything for sale for the right price, I often say to myself?
Brenda

kathee said...

Hi Marcy...OOOHHH I love your collection of trophies, especially the red cross one! What a special story!! Thank you for sharing, hope to see you soon. kathee

Pam said...

I've never seen one in person, only on ebay. The closest thing I have is a bowl engraved to a guy who was retiring from the Farm Bureau. I would much prefer the cups though. Love the red cross one!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness. Your trophy's are all wonderful. I love them, and your tray is sensational. Great finds. Don't you feel lucky. Hugs, Marty

Antiqueaholics said...

What a wonderful collection. I'm sure you had fun looking for these and assembling this collection. They are interesting and decorative.
By the way, you would love Cape Cod. I am from Massachusetts, but moved away about 25 years ago. I still spend every summer back there and you would love it. There are fabulous antique shows and shops. If you decide to make the trip, you should try to go to the Sandwich Flea Market on Wednesday mornings starting at 6 am.

Nancy said...

I love vintage silver trophies too...in fact I just showed one on my last post. I only have a couple of them and would like to add more. I love the nostalgia, the weathered appearance and the inscriptions. You have a fantastic collect. I love the Red Cross one...yeah clever with the Valentines thing! I'd have done that too! My hubs isn't a shopper either.

Thanks for sharing this...it was fun to look at and now I'm going back to look some more!

Nancy

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

these truly are super hard to find!! I keep my eyes peeled, but never have found any and have guessed that even if I did, I'd faint from the price tag! :) Wouldn't it be amazing to see if a trophy like these WOULD inspire kids in school???
Thanks for your commnet on my laundry soap jars- your pretty scoops you have in your kitchen made me look at things differently and how I use them. So, you were part of the inspiration for those punch bowl scoops! ;)

Carmen csjudge@earthlink.net said...

I LOVE your Red Cross one....SO gorgeous! I think the plain one with no inscription was the bargain. I saw an amazing large trophy from the 30s at a local antiques store....for around $250....CRAZY but I am considering saving up for it. It was a beautiful shape, big size and beautiful engraving. I've NEVER seen one at a thrift or yard sale either and you betcha I've been looking for years now. What a lovely collection!

Faded Charm said...

You have a great collection of trophies. I, like you, started collecting these beauties a little too late because they are very expensive. I also have mine grouped together.

I did find a huge one a few years ago for $10, but it was gold so I sold it when I was selling on Ebay. I think it went for $80 so I was happy to make some money at the time. Now I'd like it back just because it was soooo big.....bigger than I've ever seen. I also recently purchased a gold one from a sale that someone had started to strip the gold off and I love the tarnished silver underneath, but I'm not sure what they used and it was only half done. I got it cheap for that reason.

Thanks for sharing your lovley collection.

Kathleen

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love this collection of trophies. I want some so bad. It is funny I just got an email alert that one I am watching is at $56. I don't know whether to get it or not. I found a small one yesterday at the flea market for $19 and may go back to see if it is still there.

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

I LOVE your collection of vintage silver trophies! They are amazing! I couldn't pick a favorite- they are all beautiful!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Marcy, I also love old trophies even though I only have two ...so far! You have a wonderful collection and I especially love the red cross one. I have no idea which one would have been a bargain. They are all fabulous.
Hugs,
Sherry

Leah - The Inside Story said...

I have L-O-V-E-D looking at these trophies. I have only recently loved trophies, as I haven't seen many gorgeous old ones like these. Your collection is truly fabulous. I am now on the hunt. Sooo inspiring!!!Thank-you!

Deserae said...

What a fabulous trophy collection you have....I am completely envious :o) I only have two because like you said they are pretty expensive these days. ~Des

Auntie Bliss said...

LOVE them.
I don't have a guess but I gasped when the Red Cross one came into view..so I love it the most as well as the Peony one :)

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

You have an AMAZING collection of vintage trophies! Gorgeous! I've seen them in magazines and around Blogland for a couple of years now and you're so right, due to their popularity, they've become quite pricey. Too bad we can't figure out how to be trend-setters so we know what to collect before everybody else does! Mr. AntiqueChase is a true romantic at heart!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fabulous collection you have. I like the one with the Red Cross also. I rarely see square trays and this one is so perfect for your beautiful trophies. Love your blog, thanks so much for sharing.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Thank you for sharing these trophy trophies! They are so special -- I have never seen any before and they make a fun conversation piece. What I think would be fun is if someone, would see a trophy on your site that their great grandparents had won --- and of course not want the trophy! Joni

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a great trophy collection! I've been looking for one....just one! But you're right, they're dear in price. I'll be looking for your "bargain"!

Sarah said...

What a wonderful collection. I've always admired groups of these silver beauties, but don't have any here at HFTS. Thanks for sharing these.

A Toile Tale said...

I don't know why it took me so long to find this blog.....it's beatiful! I immediately subscribed. Looking forward to more of this beauty.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Marigene said...

Marcy, you have a wonderful collection of trophy cups...people get rid of them so that we can give them a loving home!

Lana said...

This is an utterly delightful vintage trophy collection and on a wonderful silver tray, too! I love the shape of each one, so unique and elegant with those curves!

Hugs,
Lana

Honey at 2805 said...

What a fab collection of trophies! Terrific finds! If you find too many, start me a collectiion, ok?

Mary said...

I've always admired trophies and always enjoy reading the inscriptions when I run across them! Your peony trophy~ Be Still My Heart1 I would love to fill that beauty with flowers in the spring! Beautiful collection, what a fun post :-)

Stephanie said...

LOVE your trophy collection Marcy! They are getting harder to find. Oh, and I love that footed silver tray - what is it about footed pieces?!

Val said...

You have the coolest collections!!!!! = )))

Pat said...

Beautiful trophy collection!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

This was a great post. I have been to the Cape many times, and the trophy from Cape Cod is the Maison's Island Yacht Club. They have sailing regatta's there so that must have been a major event in that winner's life. Trophy cups are so endearing, marking a big event in time. I loved Nancy's trophy on her last post, it was a Harvard Yale game trophy!

Johanna said...

Hello Macy,
love your trophy collection. I love all silver items and this is a stunning collection which can be used for several decorative purposes. You did a very nice job.
Greetings, Johanna

Sharon Haynie said...

What a great collection! I know how hard they are to come by, you've done a terrific job with yours. I'm on the lookout for one for my mantel or table. Thanks for sharing!

Curtains In My Tree said...

I love the old trophy's and I have never even seen one here where I show around fle markets

Also love the old square silver try, I have one also and love it!!!

I wonder also why people give things like that away or was they sold in an estate sale of the person who loved them previously

Janice

Passionate for White said...

Oh WOW... very impressive collection - I enjoyed each and every one!

The Yellow Cape Cod said...

I'm so glad you visited The Yellow Cape Cod and left me a comment. I knew I would like your blog as soon as I saw the title. I had to become a follower!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I have always loved trophy collections, and you have such a nice one there. I also like the way you grouped them on the tray trophy. Nice vignette. Congratulations on your win, too!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Rachel Noelle said...

Wonderful collection~they all look gorgeous together! Hugs,Rachel :)

French Farmhouse 425

CJ said...

Totally cool! You have inspired me to keep my son's high school trophies and bring them out for a tablescape on his birthday. They are not as cool as yours, but he will think they are. Happy collecting and maybe I'll see you at the Rose Bowl Flea Market!!! ~CJ

Christine said...

What a cool collection! I have a "thing" for old silverplate. love it.

Lynn said...

Neat collection! I don't think I've ever seen trophy cups like yours at the local thrift stores either. I have a new appreciation for them after reading your post. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing and Happy Inspiration Friday.
Lynn at Cottage and Creek

Lynda said...

I love your trophy collection. Wow! Thanks for sharing.

Bohemian said...

That collection of Trophies grouped together looks absolutely stunning! Hard to believe that anyone would be able to part with something not only that beautiful, but that personal... thankfully they are still cherished by others such as yourself and displayed in places of honor!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What a wonderful collection and I love how you grouped them together!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What a fabulous collections! I love all the trophies and they are very well useful as vases, huh?

Thank you for sharing your ideas.

Have a blessed w/end,
/chie

vikki said...

I have to share with you my bargain trophy story. I was in Alabama visiting my sister this past summer and she took me to a junk shop. And when I say junk, I do mean junk! It was dirty and nasty and I am not sure why I even went in. But there was this trophy, a bit battered, but a trophy non the less. I asked the man what he wanted for it and he told me $12. I jumped at the chance, (he would only take cash so that made it a bit sticky)and I could only find $11 in my purse. He let me have it for $11!! My sister couldn't understand why I was so excited, but I know you all will understand. I took that puppy home all the way to Oregon in my suitcase and polished her up. She is so beautiful. Now to find a few more like that. My only regret is that he also had a silver tray for $4, but I wasn't sure I could fit it in my suitcase and besides I would have had to borrow $ from my sister.

Mary Ellen said...

I don't even see these anymore they have gotten to be so collectible!! You have such a nice collection and have them displayed marvelously!

Laura Lynn said...

Nice collection! I have always loved vintage trophy cups too but they are so expensive that I shy away from them. I do have lots of platters though. Luckily, I can still find those rather inexpensively!

Vanessa said...

What a wondeful collection! I know I'm going to be keeping my own eye out for some now that I have seen how lovely they can look all grouped together or even used in other vignettes. There really is something about that connection to history even if we don't exactly know who it belonged to. Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week! :-)
Vanessa

Entertaining Women said...

I'm enamored with silver loving cups, too; but so far, I've not let go of the funds necessary to actually bring one home. Way to go! I'd love to see you do a tablescape with an assortment of these filled with flowers as your centerpiece. Maybe with some Barley Twist candles sticks interspersed here and there...I can already envision it! Thank you for sharing your marvelous collection. Cherrry Kay

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh what a delightful collection!!! I love those trophies and all grouped together on that gorgeous tray- perfect! How fun to see more tarnished silver this week too!! love it! :) Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Debra@Common Ground said...

These are just incredible, what an awesome collection! Love the tarnish on the silver. I'd love to be lucky enough to land one of these! Thanks for linking up with VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Robynne's Nest said...

Hi there, just love your collection especially the trophy with the red cross on it. I also have quite a few trophies, mainly collected in Australia, but with some new additions found at Portobello Market in London. People often comment on one of my larger ones, and I tell them that I won it in a beauty contest...this always gets a strange response...then I go onto tell them that I was in fact the best looking pigeon as it's a pigeon racing trophy! Your blog is great, you definitely have a new follower (found you at Sarah's). Robx

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

ahhhh.. my fave post! love trophies! been collecting some but nothing as beautiful as yours! love your trophies! beautiful!

Alycia Nichols said...

DIGGING those trophies!!! You're all set if you do a Kentucky Derby party for sure!!! :-)

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This looks so lovely. I love your blog and am a follower.I look forward to you stopping by at My Dream Canvas:-)

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I've never seen these before, but I certainly do heart them! Thanks for enlightening me.

Warmly, Michelle

Gracefully Vintage said...

I have never thought about Trophys like that, BUT love how you have them displayd. LOVE that, might give it a try..start that hunt.
THanks for sharing..
A New Follower, cant wait to come back and see more
Karryann

Urban Farmgirl said...

Oh my gosh!! I *LOVE* these! I have wanted to start a loving cup collection for so long, but when I find them they are always so pricey...I think you have just inspired me to try again!

Such great photos, thank you so much for sharing!

Giveaway starting on my blog tomorrow, so stop by and take a peek!

Mary

Linda said...

Be still my heart...you have a wonderful collection...thanks for sharing!

cheryls fascinatingfinds said...

Cute post, always look forward to them.

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

I am loving the trophies! I want to find some so bad, but they seem to always be priced just a little too much for me! Also, thanks so much for visiting me! Can't wait to explore your blog!

saltbox treasures said...

You have a beautiful trophy collection! Congrats on winning a giveaway! Isn't it fun!? I just purchased the same old deck of cards at an antique shop last week. They are so unique with the numbers. Have no idea what game it is.
I'm your newest follower!
~ Julie

Cori said...

Your collection makes me just SWOON.

My mission? To hunt for my very first trophy cup.

My favorite? Has to be the Red Cross, but they are all so special and unique.

Love, love, love your blog and your inspiration.

Cori

Dear Lillie said...

Oh I too love vintage trophies and I am sooooo jealous of your collection. They are all beautiful.

Chrissy said...

Oh what a beautiful collection of vintage trophies. I have to say my favorite is the red cross one, and that was before I read the story behind it, what a wonderful memory. I am already a follower and thanks for coming to visit me and your sweet comment.

RC Reese said...

Wow, your collection is LOVELY, just like your blog. I never would have thought of trophies. Very innovative idea.

I'd love for you to visit mine too..
www.beautifulandblessed.com

Antique ART Garden said...

Nice collection. I think you forgot to mention what I learned trying to sell a few of these before and thsi is to NOT polish them, ( unless you own them ), if you are trying to sell it. I learned that the hard way when I decreased the value of one of these by polishing it before I sold it.Good luck, nice blog, Gina

Sherrie said...

Beautiful collection! Worth every penny you paid!

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh Marcy I ADORE your collection....The shapes of your trophies are BEAUTIFUL & I LOVE the inscriptions & memories you have of 'discovering' them....I must do a post so you can see mine as well.... :o) !!

I hope you are having a GLORIOUS week....!!

Cheers for now from Oz,
Tamarah :o)

100 Applegate said...

OMG! Amazing Trophies!!! Great Blog!! XXOOC

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Be still my heart..... I am in love with your red cross trophy. Good Lord, it is a beauty!
Thanks for sharing!
Will link your trophy story to the bottom of my post this evening!
Thanks for telling me about it!

interior collection said...

Beautiful collection!Very innovative idea.

Erin said...

LOVE your trophies. Your Valentine's was my fave..until I saw the Peonies trophy. I think I would like to have that one the most....so if you feel a burning desire to just give it away, I'd like my name down first. LOL! Great collection and I love the stories and sentiment assigned to them all!

d e l i g h t said...

Your collection is just wonderful. I love the red cross one. I too collect trophies and you are exactly right about the price!! I display mine all together also. I am a new follower and invite you to visit my blog.

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Your Metal post is Perfect, I love the Worn, yet Loved Trophies, I would love to find something like that at a sale one day.... that would be the Top Prize in itself~

freckled laundry said...

Beautiful collection. Even more so, I love that each carries a special meaning to you. Our GW had one of these on the shelf but I passed it up because I'm REEEEALLY trying to be good. I will see if it is still there tomorrow knowing that these aren't easy or inexpensive to come by. Will let you know. I agree, it WOULD be awesome if these were still giving in place of the plastic trophies!! Thank you so much for linking with my party. I appreciate it!

xxo,
Jami

freckled laundry said...

Your home is stunning, btw!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

What a wonderfully unique collection. I am a sucker for silver anyway. Really enjoyed seeing them!

Sarah said...

What fun to see these again. I love hearing the story behind your collecting motives. Great idea! The square tray is prefect for this collection. I've actually found one or two of these little charmers since you first posted this. Not up to three as yet, so guess I don't officially have a collection. Like you, I wonder why people part with these family treasures.
Happy New Year! ~ sarah

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

LOVE your trophy collection, Marcy. That red cross one sends me over the MOON. OMG.
You are a trophy wife! Tell your sweet hubby that!
(JK..... not really)
You are a prized bff to me!
Thanks so much for linking up.

You are the best!
A

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What a fabulous collection! The only trophies around our house are 1960s and '70s swimming trophies of my husband's and even cheaper made gymnastics trophies from the 1990s. None of these are even in the ballpark with your gorgeous prizes!

Stopping by via The Polohouse,

Lynette - Sweet Posy Dreams

Honey at 2805 said...

I adore your trophy collection and wish I had a beautiful collection like yours! It is gorgeous!

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for re-posting this over at Alison's "Polohouse". I wasn't even blogging in January of last year so this post is totally new to me. Isn't it fun when an old blog post takes on a "new life"? I LOVED reading about the stories of how you came about the trophies and seeing the beautiful pictures of them.