A wine jug for the winner.
1856 was a particularly special year: both for the history of the United Kingdom and for the history of international golf. It was the year in which the Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland had the idea of holding an open championship. It should happen yearly and alternate between different courses. On headlands which unite the sea and fertile arable land. However, it took a further four years before the first tournament could take place. The prize back then was a leather belt bearing a silver buckle. Willie Park Senior took home the prize in 1860 with 174 strokes. He had no idea at that point that he would go down in the annals as being the first winner of one of the future’s most prestigious golfing tournaments worldwide.
Thirteen years later, an equally important event came in the form of the winner's belt being replaced by the 'Claret Jug'. At the time simply a replica of a wine carafe, this silver challenge cup has since become the most coveted accolade in golf.