Saturday, June 22, 2013
Trophy time: Venus Rosewater Dish
Blanche Bingley Hillyard was the first Wimbledon champion to be awarded the Venus Rosewater Dish, but the name of Maud Watson, who won the first two titles in 1884 and 1885, has since been added.
Venus Williams will be missed when Wimbledon starts on Monday, but another Venus will be back for her 118th appearance. The Venus Rosewater Dish has been awarded to the women’s singles champion since its introduction in 1886. The salver is 18.75 inches in diameter, is made of sterling silver and has a mythological-themed décor. The trophy bears no writing other than the engraving showing the dates and names of all the Champions. The winners from 1884-1957 are inscribed around the inside of the bowl and champions from 1958-2012 are around the outside of the bowl.The trophy remains at the Wimbledon museum, and champions take home a 14-inch replica. For the record, Venus Williams’ name can be found five different times on the Venus Rosewater Dish.