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Sterling silver cup with an engraved inscription, 'SAINSBURY STAFF ASSOCIATION CHESS CHALLENGE TROPHY Presented 1954', within an oval engraved frame. The cup features a stamped hallmark indicating that it was made in London in 1873. An unidentified makers mark is also present. The bowl has no handles, but has extensive decoration in the form of a stamped wavy line design with a border of stylised leaves and punched dots. The stem is narrow with two beaded collars. The foot features concentric circles of decoration and has a beaded edge.

The cup has been mounted on a black plastic circular base encircled by a metal plate inscribed with the name of the cup ('STAPLES CUP') and winners' names and dates.