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Thomas Lyte Silver has created a new rugby trophy honouring the late Sir Edmund Hillary and his contribution to New Zealand and Great Britain.

The Hillary Shield will be contested for the first time on November 29 Investec Challenge Test match when the All Blacks team take on England at Twickenham. It will be presented to the winning team by Sir Edmund Hillary’s widow, Lady Hillary.

“This is a prestigious commission for us it represents a special moment in rugby history. The trophy has been hand-crafted by our brilliant silversmiths who really are world leaders in bespoke trophies. The Sir Edmund Hillary Shield has been created from 9kg of Sterling Silver and measures over 2 feet in diameter, a befitting colossus.” said Kevin Baker, CEO of Thomas Lyte.

Thomas Lyte Silver is part of the English luxury brand Thomas Lyte, founded by Kevin Baker. At the core of Thomas Lyte’s brand values is authentic craftsmanship. Using the traditional silversmith skills Thomas Lyte Silver designs and creates bespoke pieces of art, silver awards and many trophies.

The workshops are renowned refurbishing the FA Cup every year, and were responsible for the 2008 replica Ryder Cup trophies.

It is the largest bespoke silver workshop in London and features the most highly skilled specialists who have learnt their craft through apprenticeships. Their skills have been past down from generations, and it has become a rare-art form in this country.

The Hillary Shield honours Sir Edmund’s lifetime of achievements as a mountaineer, adventurer, and humanitarian and as Knight of the Garter. A legendary figure in New Zealand, Sir Edmund was also widely respected in the UK and around the world as the climber who made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 as part of a British climbing expedition.

Thomas Lyte Silver uses a consultative approach, and its bespoke service turns ideas into reality.

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