2013 Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII Lombardi Trophy Replica
YEARS OF GENUINE TROPHY REVIEWS
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PLEASE TAKE SOME TIME OUT TO READ THROUGH THIS SLIDE SHOW. IT WILL GIVE YOU A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT WHAT IS INVOLVED IN MAKING THIS LOMBARDI TROPHY REPLICA AND WHY YOUR PURCHASE IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE ON LINE ACQUISITION
- THE SPINNER
- PRESSING THE METAL
- A TALE OF TWO HALVES
- COMING TOGETHER
- TIE YOUR LACES
- TOUCHING BASE
- CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
The spinner places an 11-inch blank into a lathe in front of a wooden block called a chuck. A chuck is used to bend the metal to give it a new shape.
My trophy is not silver it is made from a high grade brass. Brass is arguably the best none precious metal as it can be worked almost the same as silver. After the machine is started, the spinner uses a tool to gradually press the metal over the chuck.
The wooden chucks graduate in size until a steel chuck is used to give the ball its final shape. This process is repeated to complete the second half of the ball.
The halves are fitted with four strips to create a lip to lock the ball together. When the ball is in two halves we have access to perfect the finish on the very ends of the ball (the stitching). You cannot do this if your ball is caste in one piece!
Because we can successfully make the ball in two halves and work it almost the same, we have the luxury of using the sheet in the correct gauge (thickness) this then enables us to work in the finer details that are impossible to achieve when using a single mould with a thick uneven finish with no access. As with the real Lombardi our laces are welded into the small dents.
Once all the pieces are polished, the silversmith screws a rod into the ball which is lowered into the base. The ball is then located onto the base and fastened with a nut. This is not a case of engraving a super bowl final onto a finished trophy. Unlike the real Lombardi the engraving/etching is almost the very first step in the process! This is not a solid sterling silver piece; rather the base metal is brass. You cannot engrave over the plating as it will expose the brass. To get the trophy as close as possible to the real sterling silver finish, I must engrave first then plate & polish after.
Using a template as a guide, the sides and bottom of the base are cut from a piece of Brass. The sides are rolled over a cone-shaped block to give it a concave shape. If you look carefully at this picture you will see that the blank base on the table has two holes. People sometime make the mistake of thinking the shield on this trophy is engraved into the base. This is absolutely not the case. The shield is a separate badge that is located into the two holes.
mark (verified owner) –
I received the Lombardi trophy today and I am very pleased with it. it is up on my mantle now so I can show it off to all my friends and family. thank you, very much lee butler, and all who worked to put this trophy together. this is so cool I can’t stop holding it. very good detail on it and I am going to recommend it to everyone I meet if you get a trophy made make sure lee butler makes it. thank you, sincerely mark
Clint Gresham (verified owner) –
Got it. Thanks!! Looks amazing
Rich (verified owner) –
WOW! I expected this to be a nice complimentary piece in my Fan Room. This trophy is gorgeous and will become a focal point piece. Lee does amazing work and he exceeded all my expectations. Having this piece helps me celebrate my biggest sports memory. Thank you Lee for this great gift, your prompt an accurate customer service and the joy you have given me in owning such an “iconic” piece of memorabilia. Go Hawks!
David (verified owner) –
I was so happy when my trophy arrived. Me and my brother took pics of us kissing it like the pros haha. I’m definitely going to order from here again. Thank you Copytrophy!
We’ve ordered several trophies from Lee, now, and each and every one is so precise and accurate. From someone in the Sports Industry, this is a very important part of what we do and what we need. Lee is so helpful with any questions or requests that we have and even though we may be in very different time zones, he is always prompt and he is always pleasant to work with. It has been an absolute pleasure. It is for these reasons that we have maintained a business relationship with Lee as he continues to surpass our expectations. If you are looking for great quality trophies, Lee is your guy! Thanks, Lee!