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Varnished wooden shield with a metal plate in the shape of a banner at the top engraved with the inscription, 'S.S.A. INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CHESS LEAGUE'. There is a metal plate at the centre featuring a stamped design including Celtic-stlyle grid and a garland of leaves . The plate includes a centre disc depicting a knight chess piece.

There are nine silver-coloured, shield-shaped metal plates pinned around the edge of the wooden shield, two of which are inscribed with winners' names and dates.

There are copper alloy fittings attached to the reverse of the shield.