The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final was won by New Zealand. They took the ICC Test Championship Mace and a $1.6 million prize money home.
Trevor Brown, a world-renowned Thomas Lyte trophy designer, created the first Mace in 2000.
In Thomas Lyte’s London-based silver workshop, the new unique trophy for 2021 was handcrafted.
According to Thomas Lyte’s website, ICC commissioned them “to handcraft the gold-plated silver trophy in time for the WTC Final between India and New Zealand in Southampton on 18th June 2021.”
“The illustrious World Test Championship Mace is unlike any other we have made and this makes it all the more special,” said Kevin Baker, CEO and Founder of the luxury English trophy manufacturer in a note on the official website.
The ICC Test Mace is crafted out of sterling silver with gold plating.
Hardwood is used for the base.
According to the makers’, the mace’s handle is designed like a cricket stump. The laurel leaf ribbon spiralling up the shaft is a symbol of celebrating accomplishment and also achievement.
The Mace’s head is gold-plated and also shaped like a cricket ball, with a map of cricket’s global spread and the World Test Championship.
“We are a Royal Warrant Holder as goldsmiths and silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen. So we often work with ceremonial objects, but to combine this tradition with that of a sporting trophy has been a fantastic challenge for our designers and makers,” said the CEO in the note on the official website.
“One of the moments that inspired the design was seeing a cricketer grab a stump as a souvenir after a particularly close match. As the stump was wave aloft it occurr to me that a Mace could stand out against a typical cup design and be something different,” reveals Brown.
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