Design took six months to complete after original deemed too fragile.
By Craig Heatly
Hamilton & Inches has produced an updated version of its Lanark Silver Bell Horse racing trophy, presented to the winner of the Lanark Silver Bell race last week.
The original trophy, thought to have been gifted to the people of Lanark by King William in 1165, is said to be the oldest trophy in sporting existence and was used as a model for the 2012 update.
The handmade sterling silver design took six months to complete and features an 11 inch diameter base with stylised rail supports and replicated shields of former winners of the annual horse race in Scotland.
The commission from Hamilton Park racecourse came about when the original trophy was deemed too old and fragile to be constantly handled.
Patrice McHency, corporate administrator at Hamilton & Inches, said: “The new silver trophy has been given a contemporary feel by supporting the replica silver bell on arced silver rods depicting a racing fence, with circular top rail holding winner’s shields.”
The winner of this year’s race not only scooped the trophy but £15,000 in winnings.
Hamilton Park chief executive Vivien Kyles added: “It has been fascinating to see the craftsmanship and personal touch behind the creation of a new silver bell, which we feel really respects the rich history of the trophy.
“It’s particularly poignant that Hamilton & Inches, given the company’s Royal credentials, should be producing this trophy in the Diamond Jubilee year and only adds another interesting chapter to the story.”