DescriptionCirca 1945 Duke of Windsor Trophy Mug. Gorgeous silver mug is the work of renowned silversmith "Cartier," and bears its imprint on base. The lengthy engraving, however, will be the main draw for golf collectors and historians with an interest in this abdicated King. It reads, in full:
A Golf Match of Three hundred and sixty holes between His Royal Highness The Duke of Windsor Governor of the Bahamas and Aruther J. Vernon played at Bahamas Country Club, Nassau Bahamas from November 22 1944 to January 25, 1945, His Royal Highness 5 up and 4 to go.
The mug measures four and a half inches in height and three and a half inches in diameter at the base. The Duke's royal seal appears opposite the engraving.
The Duke of Windor Golfing Memorabilia Collection.
"You must believe me when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." With these words, King Edward VIII abdicated the throne of England in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee, choosing true love over the throne. A man of great passions, the newly-titled Duke of Windsor soon found himself with boundless free time to pursue others. Chief among these passions was the sport of golf, and it is well established that Edward brought near professional talents to the links. The awards presented within this auction are not merely ceremonial pieces to flatter the member of a powerful family, but rather trophies of genuine achievement. All were originally sold in a 1997 Sotheby's auction of the Duke of Windsor's personal belongings.
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