Wednesday, August 21, 2013

1931 Vintage Sterling Silver Trophy Lamp Update and Kindness

OK, people. I really DO value your opinions, and when I ask for them, I mean it.

That being said, I'm keeping the 1931 sterling silver golf trophy someone turned into a lamp. 

Just in case you didn't notice it in a photo in my last post, here it is again. I switched the shade for one I already had, and I think it suits. Here's the other one I had put on it:

While it looks more vintage and in line with the curves and age of the lamp, my living room is a happy mix of a few modern lines and old crusty stuff. 

BUT that's not the most exciting thing! (Yes, I could get giddy over a lamp shade, but no. That's not the gist of this post.)

The most exciting thing is that somehow my post caught Robin's eye. Robin comes from a family of golfers, and was able to explain some things to me in terms a person who might buy a copy of "Golfing for Idiots," namely, me, would understand:

This piece appears to be a trophy from a golf tournament. To make playing fun for all of the participants, the organizers of these tournaments separate players into "Flights" based on their handicaps. That way, the very best players are placed in the "Championship Flight". As the players' handicaps got higher, they were placed in higher numbered flights. So whoever won this trophy probably had a high handicap, with no chance of winning the entire tournament, but at least they won for their flight..which was comprised of other players with the same handicap. Make sense? If you could figure out where the trophy was won, you may be able to contact the country club to find out "Who" won the Seventh Flight in their Invitation Tournament in 1931. And knowing that our country was in a severe depression in 1931, I would think this was won by someone of extreme privilege. And if that is the case, who else played in that tournament? Sam Snead or Byron Nelson or Ben Hogan? I'm just have some rich history with this piece!I hope this helps.Robin

But wait, it gets even MORE exciting! Robin is a very bright person - sort of Sherlock Holmes bright. 

That being said, I was almost floored to get an offer I couldn't refuse!

Hi Revi,
It was my pleasure offering what little I know about the world of golf tournaments  Do you know the name of the golf club?  I couldn't tell from the picture if the blue emblem was part of the trophy and if so, did it say RGC?  Because of the year, 1931, I have to believe this tournament was attended by the elite of the elite because who had money to belong to a country club in 1931.  I found a Riverhill Golf Club in Texas and the course was created by Byron Nelson.  I bet if you took a photo of the emblem and emailed it to potential courses, they would hopefully be able to tell you if that was their logo at one time in the past.  Just a thought...I'm a sentimental old fool and find such pleasure learning about the pieces I work on.  
Also, it looks as though the original piece was a vase and someone had it retrofitted into a lamp.  That would make sense to give out a vase as a trophy...not a lamp, fwiw.  I grew up in a golfing family and have several of my father's trophies.  Nothing sterling...all silver plated!  :(
If you are over researching it and want some help..I'd love to dig my teeth into this.  Not sure I could find anything more than what you have, but sometimes two sets of eyes are better than one!  :)
Anyway, congratulations on a great find!
Have I told you lately how much I really love blogging?
It's sort of like volunteering at church; you just meet the NICEST people there!

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Robin, you made my week, dear! 

Word for the Day:
Micah 6:8
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

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RPK Interiors said...


Oh my goodness...Blush, blush...It was my pleasure...


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Revi, It was very kind of Robin to share this info.and I hope you are able find the history of the trophy. It is a wonderful piece! Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

THat is so cool....the lamp...of course is amazing...and Robin's comments ~ what a cool piece of history!!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

this is an amazing find and I really like the shade you put on it. Aren't bloggers just the BEST?

lynn said...

i think this lamp fits perfectly with your style--glad you are keeping it, revi:) yay to all the robins of the world!!

Kathy Moreland said...

I love the lamp with this shade. I have the same shade and love it. Looks great in your room!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Revi, I think the lamp looks great!
How cool is that that he is going to help with the research. Maybe it will be worth a fortune or something!?!
It's cool anyway and fits beautifully!

Jann Olson said...

Robin was so helpful Revi. A bundle of information. Can't wait to hear if you find out more. Love it with the shade! Thanks for sharing with SYC.