The distinctive work of Hamilton & Inches silversmiths was on full sporting display at last weekend, as two exceptional trophies were presented in celebration of our craftsmanship, sporting heroes and great causes.
Last Saturday, the Doddie Weir Cup rugby match was played between Scotland and Wales in Cardiff, raising awareness of the country’s 61-time-capped international player who has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and fundraising for research through his charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Commissioned by Scottish Rugby Union and the Welsh Rugby Union, we were privileged to design and craft this unique cup here in our Edinburgh workshops. The trophy is made of sterling silver, its lid set with smokey quartz, and it sits on a wooden plinth from Scottish Borders spalted beech – with a silver inscription band engraved with the winners’ names. The inimitable ‘lugs’, or handles as they are more commonly known, are cast and have a chased textured finished.
The emblems of each national team, thistles and daffodils are also hand-engraved on recesses within the handles. The work of our Royal Warrant holding silversmiths was rewarded with a visit from the man himself last month, as Doddie enjoyed a tour of our workshops and met our master craftsmen responsible for the Doddie Weir Cup – Jon and Panos – and our team of silversmiths, engravers and polishers. David, Paul, George, Colin, Dario and Ruaridh.
We were thrilled to see the cup on such prestigious display at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and offer our congratulations to Wales for their 21-10 victory. You can find details on how to donate to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation here.