Eleven silver cups

In the display case on the second plateau we see eleven silver prize cups. It was customary at almost all Indian golf clubs that the winner could take home a solid silver cup. The prize tables were therefore full of these often small works of art of 1st grade silver.

In this exhibition you can see eleven of these so-called prize cups in the middle display case, which we received on loan from the Museon in The Hague for our exhibition “Golf in the former Dutch East Indies”.

Two trophies are from the Bandoeng Golf Club (with the years 1934 and 1936), three trophies come from the Soerabaja Golf Club (years 1938, 1939 and 1940), two trophies from the beginning of WWII come from the Batavia Golf Club (years 1939-40 and 1941) and four trophies come from the Palembang Golf Club.

After Japan’s occupation of the Dutch East Indies, these last prize cups were kept in a Japanese internment camp as a reminder of the time before the occupation. The cups were not engraved and were used again after the Second World War as prize cups (monthly medal and Wimpey Cup) and engraved after golf matches in the period 1949 – 1953.