All golfers know that the most famous prize in golf is the Claret Jug presented each year to the winner of The Open Championship. It’s not the original prize, when the Golf Championship began at Prestwick in 1860 the winner was presented with a Challenge Belt, made of leather and with a silver buckle and emblems.
However, in 1870 after Tom Morris Junior had won the Championship for the third consecutive time he became the owner of the belt and a new prize had to be found.
In 1871 The Royal and Ancient Golf Club agreed to contribute a “sum not exceeding £15 from the funds of the club” towards a new trophy that was to be a silver claret jug, instead of another belt. The Prestwick Golf Club and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers contributed £10 each towards what is officially known as the Golf Champion Trophy.
The Claret Jug, was made by Mackay Cunningham & Company of Edinburgh and was hallmarked 1873. The first Open Champion to receive the new trophy was the 1873 winner, Tom Kidd, but Tom Morris Junior’s name was the first to be engraved upon it, as he was the winner once again in 1872.
Silver Gifts for Golfers
While we don’t make a Claret Jug, we do have a number of silver gifts that make great prizes or gifts for golfers. The Silver Key Ring Golf Ball doesn’t cost much more than the original Claret Jug and would be appreciated by any keen golfer.
Our Silver Golf Ball Marker‘s are a best seller and perfect gift for runners up.
Our favourite golfing gift though is the engravable Silver Hip Flask, for the winter golfers who may need warming up half way through their round.