Among makers of celebratory sports awards such as trophies, pins and rings, Dieges & Clust of New York was certainly the most prolific and respected of the first half of the 20th Century. Makers of the original Heisman Trophy, D&C also crafted baseball World Series and All-Star game pins, the 1904 Olympic Medal and a host of sports, military and other treasures. One of the more popular items they produced was a line of loving cup style trophies for Spalding.
Consistent in style with cups produced during the 1910s-1930s, the offered loving cup is salesman’s sample fashioned in base metal with a silverplate finish. More specifically, the handles and accent feature around the top rim suggest this piece was created in the late-1920s. The “A.G. Spalding & Bros Trademark” raised baseball logo is in line with that used by the leading sporting goods manufacturer during the period. The engraved words “Spalding Trophy” span the upper region of this cup above the Spalding relief logo and below three embossed dots of undetermined significance. Dieges & Clust hallmark is engraved on the underside of the base along with the designation “S14”. The facts that this piece is crafted in silverplate style and the lack of a specific purpose support the notion that this is indeed a salesman’s sample.
Standing 11-1/2” tall on a base with a diameter of 4-3/4”, this nicely preserved piece weighs in at 2lb. 6oz. While showing moderate sporadic toning and small scattered nicks that are unobtrusive, this near-antique remains very appealing with a mirror-like finish and clearly defined lettering and details, making for dynamic display.