This vintage handsome sterling silver and wood tennis trophy plaque is still in what appears to be its original box and has never been engraved. The 4.5 inch tall plaque features three sterling ornaments mounted on an oval of richly glowing reddish wood. The center ornament features a detailed raised figure of a male tennis player in long pants and a shirt with rolled sleeves, his racket raised high. Above him is a silver shield and below is a unfurled banner. All three pieces are marked "STGSIL." The plaque has a metal stand in the back. Found inside the box was a very yellowed bit of tissue paper and a cigarette card from "W.D. & H.O. Willis, Issued by the Imperial Tobacco Co." Entitled "48 Homeland Events," the card pictures "Tennis at Wimbledon, showing "the Ladies Doubles Match in progress between Mrs. Helen Wills-Moody and Miss Cross (USA) against Miss Harvey and Mrs. McIlquham (England)." My research on the Wimbledon website disclosed that in 1929, Ermyntrude Harvey and Mary Mcllquham played in Ladies Doubles against Edith Cross and Helen Wills. The plaque is in wonderful condition, with no scratches or dents, and has never been engraved (other than the silver needing a bit of a polish — I only lightly buffed it for the photographs because I did not want to disturb the patina); however, the box is battered, stained, and is missing the flap at one end of the lid. The cigarette card is in good condition, with no creases or bends. This is a wonderful piece of tennis memorabilia and would be the perfect present for the tennis player on your gift list (you could even have the plaque engraved!).
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