Trophies and awards are an iconic part of modern culture. Whether it’s your favourite actor receiving a prestigious Oscar, or your kid coming home with a medal from a sports event, everyone has experienced the success of trophies in some way or another.
While these days, trophies can be found for sale quite easily, but it was not always that way. Let’s dive into the history books and discover the humble beginnings of trophies.
The very first metal trophies were found in ancient Rome. Soldiers would bring forth the weapons and armour taken from defeated troops and these metals would be melted down and reconstructed as ‘trophies’ that took the form of gods or warriors. The date of the battle was often inscribed somewhere on these statues.
The Olympic Games may be considered one of the very first sporting events of all time, and the first games did not award winners with medals as is done today, but with a simple crown of olive branches. While that may not seem like much, these olive branch crowns were massive status symbols at the time.
When the first modern Olympic games took place in 1896, winners received a silver medal for 1st place as silver was worth more than gold at the time.
Success in the Middle Ages
Around the 17th century is when we first start seeing ‘traditional’ trophies in the form of metal cups. Intricate, two-handled, metal chalices were given to winners of various sporting and talent competitions of the time. This shape has stuck, and many of the trophies we see today have drawn inspiration from the metal cups of the Middle Ages. Read more about metal cups here.
Trophies in Modern Times
As a modern society, we love to celebrate success and trophies are given out at events both big and small. There are thousands of trophy suppliers and the price of trophies has decreased dramatically as materials like glass and plastic have been made readily available to us.
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