- author • Rick Tucker
- original publication date • 7 November 2022
- Charlotte Booth (Robert Welch company)
- Patrick Barrie (ETwA)
- Stew Sage (ETwA)
- CUTwC website
In 1960, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip commissioned a tiddlywinks trophy from the Robert Welch Studio at Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds in England. This trophy came to be called the Prince Philip Silver Wink.
The 15½-inch tall trophy was presented by Robert Welch to the English Tiddlywinks Association in January 1961.
The Silver Wink trophy is awarded to the winner of the all-British universities series of competitions, starting in 1961.
The top of the trophy consists of a ring with a large rotating silver wink inside it.
One side of the silver wink is engraved the phrase HONI SOI QUI MAL Y PENSE. around the top. The castle with three turrets in the center of the same side of the Silver Wink represents a castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, which also appears in the lower right quadrant of the Duke of Edinburgh’s full Coat of Arms
The other side is engraved THE SILVER WINK across the center and PRESENTED BY H.R.H. THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH around the top. The silver portion of the trophy is mounted on a rosewood base. Robert Welch’s mark is engraved on the outside of the silver base, just above the rosewood base.
But by far my favourite was this trophy commissioned by Prince Philip pic.twitter.com/ZxBnmto49a— Charlotte Booth (@6harlie) April 9, 2021
Robert Welch ledger.
Known as the 'Silver Wink', it was for presentation to the winner of the annual Inter-University Tiddlywink Championship, a match held between Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ Tiddlywink Societies, of which the DofE was President pic.twitter.com/gg1NyQGH9J— Charlotte Booth (@6harlie) April 9, 2021
The Silver Wink trophy is awarded to the winner of the British universities competitions, involving many universities in addition to Cambridge and Oxford.
The English Tiddlywinks Association has a separate trophy for the Cambridge vs. Oxford competition called the Varsity Trophy.
It was engraved with the Royal Coat of Arms on one side and ‘The Silver Wink’ on the other, it is free to spin but weighted so that it always comes to rest with the royal coat of arms facing forward. The trophy stands on a rosewood base and is 15½" high pic.twitter.com/5bPSBhoxJf— Charlotte Booth (@6harlie) April 9, 2021
Before creating it, Robert filled nearly a whole sketchbook with ideas. He could really let his imagination run with designs for trophies and he described this one as 'tiddlywinks in the abstract' pic.twitter.com/QsJhqxu68b— Charlotte Booth (@6harlie) April 9, 2021