Thomas Lyte are thrilled to be part of a feature regarding the iconic FA Cup trophy, featured on the BBC News Online. Sunday’s programme of Anqtiues Roadshow saw expert Alastair Dickenson discussing the value of the trophy with BBC Sport’s Gabby Logan. The longest serving FA Cup trophy was in fact valued at more than £1m on the show – making it the BBC show’s most valuable item.
The orginal FA Cup trophy was presented at the first final in 1872, but was unfortunaltey stolen shortly after. The second was replaced by the Football Assosiation, and is now is on permanent display at the National Football Museum. This trophy, featured on antiques roadshow, was used for every final from 1911 until 1991, when it was decided it was too fragile to continue being used.
This trophy was succeeded by an exact replica, however it was only used for two decades before its retirement, due to wear and tear.
2014 marked the birth of a new trophy, hand crafted at our own London Workshop, by master silversmith Kevin Williams. Originally commissioned in 2013, over 250 craft hours have been used to make this stunning 2014 trophy. The FA have documented this historic moment in British football by filming Thomas Lyte Silversmiths Kevin Williams and Colin Hines crafting this masterpiece from a single disc of solid silver into the finished trophy.