Here's a fantastic piece of history and elegance in one. A really handsome sterling silver and glass inkwell given as a trophy to a golf legend. It's 3 3/4" high and 3" by 3" on the base. It is marked sterling and has a makers mark and is in overall very good condition, with some very slight nicks on the edge of the glass. The top is engraved, it reads: "Brae Burn Country Club - Holiday Cup - June 17, 1910 - Best Gross - Won by W.E. Stiles".
Wayne E. Stiles was not only a very competent golfer of his day playing with fellow legends like Francis Ouimet, but he also became a very well know and prolific golf course architect and many of the courses he designed are still around today. He designed more than 145 golf courses.
Here's a piece about Stiles from a biography about him by Kevin Mendik.
..." he was an avid golfer, peaking at a three handicap from 1909 through 1911 at his home course, the Brae Burn Country Club, in Newton, Massachusetts. He played numerous competitive matches, both individual and team efforts during the years 1905 through 1911, and competed both with and against some of the top professional and amateur golfers of the day, including Francis Ouimet, Alex Ross and Walter Travis. Stiles won several club invitational tournaments as early as 1905, qualified for the Massachusetts Amateur Championship and won a series of medals, among them for runner up in the Club Championship of 1910 and for winning the 1910 MGA Team Championship, representing Brae Burn.
By 1916, he became involved in golf course design largely due to the tremendous proliferation of golf course construction in this country at that time."
There is much information out about the man who won this trophy. It is a very special golf collectible and of course, unique.
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