Mrs. Chemgod and myself are huge fans of hockey history. In fact one of the main reasons I decided to make cut signatures is that I love the idea of capturing a piece of history in a card (even if you shred documents to do it). The first one of my walk down hockey history lane is with Lord Stanley.
He is widely known for the Stanley Cup trophy which is given out to the NHL Champions each year. The truth was, that it wasn’t Lord Stanley that we should thank. It should be his two sons, Algernon and Arthur who should be recognized. They were hockey players in the late 1800’s and because of their love of hockey Lord and Lady Stanley because huge hockey fans. It was also from a suggestion from his two sons, that he created a sterling silver cup to give away as “an outward and visible sign of the hockey championship”.
Stanley purchased a decorative punch bowl, made in Sheffield, England, and sold by London silversmith G. R. Collis and Company (now Boodle and Dunthorne Jewellers), for ten guineas, equal to ten and a half pounds sterling, $48.67 USD, which is equal to $1,175 today. He had the words “Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup” engraved on one side of the outside rim, and “From Stanley of Preston” on the other side. It’s first presentation was in 1892.
You have to love a sport that has such a loyalty to tradition. For the next few weeks I am going to do a series of stories about the history of all sports. I hope you enjoy them. As for Lord Stanley, he has several cards available for purchase on eBay and most of them run between $1 – $2. His cut signature last sold for over $3000.