Some things are worth waiting for.
Even 112 years…
Yep, that’s the length of time that it took for Golf to return to the Olympic Games - from 1904 to 2016. And after the successful continuation of golf in the recent 2020 Olympic Games, it appears that golf may be here to stay in the Olympics.
Offered here is an original golf trophy from the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. Though the Olympics has become famous for its gold, silver, and bronze medals, most of the awards for Golf in the 1904 Olympics were trophies.
Don’t even bother trying to Google about these trophies or even golf in the 1904 Olympics, as we’ve uncovered more information than is currently available on the internet (yet there is still a ton that even we don’t know).
The facts: 1904 Olympic Games Golf trophies were produced in 4 sizes (look at the photo we found showing the table of trophies about to be presented to the winners in 1904).
Of those trophies, 6 are known to exist.
1. Champion George Lyon’s trophy [size: 18"] Owned by Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Toronto
2. The “Warren Wood” trophy [10"] **Offered for sale in this auction
3. The “Lee Jones” trophy [10"] Private Collection
4. The “Chandler Egan” trophy [approx 14"] Whereabouts unknown, once owned by LA84 (1984 Olympics) museum, Los Angeles
5. The “Newton” trophy [10"] Owned by the USGA museum
6. The Small trophy [4"] Owned by Museum in Asia
That’s it. 6 trophies, 4 of which are in museums, and this being perhaps the only trophy that will be offered for public auction for years to come.
Both aesthetically and historically, this 1904 Olympic Games trophy is among the finest golf trophies ever to reach the auction block. The front of the trophy is adorned with raised lettering that reads:
MR. E.W. LANSING
The reverse is adorned with an image of Glen Echo’s clubhouse, and has raised letters that read:
GLEN ECHO COUNTRY CLUB
ST. LOUIS, USA
The trophy itself stands a little over 10” tall and 13 5/8" on its base, and weighs 46.2 troy oz of sterling silver. It originally came mounted on a simple unconnected ebony wood stand, though like almost all of the other known trophies, that original stand has been lost over the past 115 years. The consignor, however, got the measurements of the only known surviving stand from the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and had this exceptional reproduction stand produced so that the trophy can be properly displayed in its original splendor.