Why the Trophy Cup has Stood the Test of Time

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Ever wondered how the trophy cup became a symbol of victory? We’ll share that story and show you a few of our favorite designs. The trophy cup has been the ultimate award for victory for years. Why do we love it so much? Why has a cup come to represent victory and accomplishment?

Originally, trophies were tokens taken from a vanquished enemy. The Romans built large architectural trophies (columns, arches, fountains etc.) to commemorate their victories. Over time, trophies lost the violent undertones but remained a symbol of victory and achievement.

Olympic sports competitions helped transform the trophy into a peaceful symbol of victory. In the earliest Olympic competitions, the victors received a laurel wreath. Eventually, precious metal trophies replaced laurel wreaths becoming the traditional award for victory.

Trophies celebrating an event or non-sports victory dates back to the 1800s. The traditional trophy cup is designed in the style of the loving cup, dating back to the 1800s. The two handled cup was used at weddings and banquets to celebrate.

Loving Cup for Corporate Awards

This style has become a traditional corporate award – less competitive and more celebratory. A gold metal loving cup is the classic award for excellence, victory, and achievement. For something a little out of the ordinary, consider the gold/silver cup for a modern upgrade on the loving cup.

Variation on the Traditional Trophy: The Crystal Cup

This elegant trophy cup stands out because it’s not quite what you expect when you think of a trophy cup. The lead crystal is sure to capture your attention and reflect the light beautifully.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Trophy Cup Medals for Competitions

For larger competitions, the gold, silver, and bronze trophy cup metals are perfect awards for top tier winners. With custom engraving, they’ll be suitable for any type of competition.

Custom 1st Place Gold Trophy Cup for Any Occasion

This gold cup trophy can be personalized with a figure of your choice. You can choose from one of our stock images or ask about a custom design.

Need a trophy cup for your next awards ceremony? Whether you want a traditional cup or a modern variation, you’ll find it in our inventory of awards. Contact us to ask about engraving and other customizations.