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    One of the most beautiful trophies we've handled...

    1913 Renshaw Cup Won by Wimbledon Men's Singles Runner-Up Maurice McLoughlin. Extraordinary relic of early tennis history is the first we've encountered, and one of just a small handful to have found its way to the public auction block. It was in 1905 that the Renshaw family innovated this beautiful award, the prize for the victor in the Wimbledon Men's All-Comers Final, that athlete going on to face the champion of the previous year in the Challenge Round for the title. This practice ceased in 1922, when it was determined that all competitors should compete in the tournament format, at which point the Renshaw Cup became another award presented to the ultimate victor.

    This 1913 specimen was claimed by American player Maurice McLoughlin, winner of the 1912 and 1913 US Opens, but vanquished in the 1913 Wimbledon Final by Australian Anthony Wilding, who took the title on London's fabled grass courts each year between 1910 and 1913.

    The trophy features a figural winged Mercury standing atop an octagonal base and hoisting the eponymous cup, which bears engraved text announcing, "All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, 1913, All Comers Championship, Singles" on front and "Won By, Maurice E. McLoughlin" on verso. The silver portion is showcased on a circular wooden base that elevates the top of the trophy to 12" in height. Condition is spectacular, with no faults beyond minor tarnishing to report. A truly elegant early tennis artifact.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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