What am I buying?

Usually these trophies are Nickel plated or Silver plated brass. Nickel is usually maintenance free. Silver plated trophies usually have a protective anti-tarnish lacquer coating, which negates the need for polishing. Trophies without this coating will usually tarnish and will require regular polishing.

Bear in mind what you are buying here. You are not buying a bone fide silver trophy, you're buying a brass replica plated in nickel or silver. As such it is designed as a display piece only. Common sense should tell you that plated brass will not withstand anywhere near the same level of wear as real silver. Over-handling or constant handling of a trophy like this will result in (1) having to constantly clean the cup and (2) in the case of non-lacquered silver plate, having to constantly polish the cup, leading to the plating wearing away. If you have a lacquered Silver plated trophy, constant cleaning will also lead to the anti-tarnish protection wearing away.

In short, these trophies are designed to sit in a glass cabinet, nothing more. Even when handled they should always be handled with silver handling gloves to avoid fingerprints - the natural oils in our skin leave unpleasant marks on silverware. Any other public use of the trophy, like down at the pub with your mates, at your local sports day or fundraising for a charity is at your own peril but is not advised.

Usage suitable for?
  • As a collectors display piece (preferably in a glass cabinet). 

Usage not suitable for?
  • Excessive handling or any public event/social occasion that would involve same.

  • As a team presentation trophy.

  • Always keep the trophy displayed in a glass cabinet away from dust. 

  • Always keep the trophy out of direct sunlight. 

  • Always handle the trophy with special silver handling gloves. 

  • Always dust the trophy with a soft dusting cloth.

  • Never display the trophy in direct sunlight.

  • Do not allow the trophy to be handled without special silver handling gloves.

  • Always endeavor to keep fingerprints away from the trophy - the natural oils in our skin leave unpleasant marks on silverware.

  • Never clean the trophy with chemicals or detergents of any sort.

  • Never dust or clean the trophy with an abrasive cloth - do not use microfiber cloths.

  • Never use the cup to store anything, especially coins.

  • Never add/drink alcohol to/from the cup.

  • Never sit a child or animal in the cup.