The Robert W. Woodruff Cup
Coca-Cola is the most recognized name in the world. In 1983,
the Coca-Cola Company decided to give an award to their most outstanding
division. They came to Estes-Simmons for help creating a trophy
cup worthy of the Coca-Cola and Robert Woodruff names. The Woodruff
Cup, as it is now called, is awarded to the "Division of the
Year," as selected from the many divisions of the company worldwide.
The cup is cast bronze, silverplated, and stands on a black lacquered
wooden base. An original is on display at the Coca-Cola Worldwide
Headquarters in Atlanta. Each year, we create a new cup, as well
as the second place awards, which are outstanding in their own right.
Estes-Simmons is proud of our ongoing association with Coca-Cola.
Custom Medallion for Chancellor
Marilyn Somers, a historian at the Georgia Institute of Technology, recognized
the need for a medallion and commissioned the work just a month ahead
of the inauguration of new University System of Georgia Chancellor Thomas Meredith.
Mark Antebi worked with graphic artist Jon Stemp and in-house silversmith
Goguishvili to design and produce the medallion. After several sketches
and approximately 30 hours of handcrafting and assembly, the team created a
medallion four inches in diameter, weighing over 16 troy ounces and rich
in symbolism. Symbolic touches include:
Three tiers of layered silver represent the three levels of higher education.
Stars on both sides of the title "chancellor" represent balance and
harmony the chancellor provides between the universities and the people
of Georgia. The use of gold, one of the noblest metals, to exemplify
the education profession. Thirty-four golden links on a predominantly
sterling silver chain to symbolize the University System of Georgia's 34 academic
Additionally, Estes-Simmons engraved the initials of the nine past chancellors
on the back of the medallion along with the dates they served. "I am overwhelmed
by the beauty and the detail shown in the medallion," said Meredith. "It
is an honor to wear this while proudly serving Georgia's academic institutions."
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Art Nouveau Centerpiece
"The figures were once holding up a bowl to make a
centerpiece. Can you make an appropriate bowl in silver?" The
answer is there for you to behold. The style of the cast
silver figures is Art Nouveau, and it was fairly easy to
discern that they are mermaids holding up a large serving
bowl. Judging from the mermaids' size and scale, we decided
on the shape and size of the bowl. Because they were mermaids,
the bowl had to look like a large shell.
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A "Tiffany" crystal globe and "Tiffany" crystal pyramid
looked like paperweights until they were mounted on these original silverplated
bases. The mixture of these two mediums, glass and silver, makes a spectacular
statement--a statement that is time tested. With the combination of our metalworking,
custom trophy fabrication, and engineering backgrounds, we can create, expand
on, or execute any trophy project.
The decision to go with silverplated bases was based on
weight; because the crystal pieces were extremely heavy,
it was necessary to use heavy gauge brass as a base metal
for the bases. The cost to make these became an issue until
we figured out that it would be almost as inexpensive to
make three or four of each of these for future years as
it would be to make just one of each. With that resolved,
the project took just over six weeks, and the finished
product was a huge success.
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Original Design Business Card Holder
Offer someone your business card from a holder that
is a conversation piece of original design. At Estes-Simmons,
we created a sterling silver model mailbox with a functional
door and flag. Included in the design was a miniature replica
of the owner's pet, a dog notorious for leaking puddles
to mark his territory. This positively one-of-a-kind card
holder now belongs to a very satisfied client.
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