River City Trophy Breakdown

While the cities of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh have seen battles between their NFL and MLB teams, their two colleges will now have a chance to follow suite. While it's not a true rivalry today, given time these two teams will battle for one of the most well designed prizes in college sports.

When you first look at the newest trophy the Bearcats will battle for, you kind of scratch your head and take a look back. While the newest rivalry for the Bearcats has yet to get started, the trophy is one no one will just walk away with.

So just what makes up the River City Rivalry trophy? Lets breakdown this newest piece of hardware the Bearcats and Panthers will fight for in the many years to come.


Authentic Brass Engine Room Telegraph 46" Tall. Face has been re-designed with custom color vinyl and teams logos. The face and logos light internally with an AC 110 volt connection as well as portable battery power supply.

River cut out is made of 3/16" mild steel with stainless steel mounting pins. To make the piece Vulkane located in Cincinnati, Ohio used a CNC water-jet machine. The machine uses water pressure and garnet (a nature gemstone) to make cuts. It took approximately one hour to cut out. The piece was heated to 200-300 degrees and repeatedly treated to achieve the desired effect of looking aged and rustic from years on the Ohio River. It took over five days to capture the correct patina.

Logo plates have been recessed on the front base of the trophy made of 1/4 zinc. They measure 9 x 4 and have raised lettering and matching brass color border.

The base is made out of Ipe wood. Ipe is an exotic harvested hardwood that holds up to the outdoor climates. It has a rustic look and measures 22" square and 8.5" tall. The base has received several coats of clear lacquer in a rich chocolate brown color


While some people have talked about the trophy being fragile looking, it's far from it. With a total weight of 95 pounds, the trophy has enough strength to last for many years and will find players looking to hoist it upon earning its ownership.

The materials used to make the trophy have been designed to withstand inclement weather and other sideline conditions.

The steel shield shows features of the Alleghany and Monongahela Rivers and also traces the Ohio River to Cincinnati. 25 - 1 3/4" holes have been placed on the shield for translucent disks to be placed with the winning school color, year of victory and final score.

The drawing department spent over 40 hours of design, revision, rendering and production has been done in making the newest trophy the Bearcats hope to bring back this weekend.

The drawing department is an architecture firm founded by Robert Busch and Karl Wallick.

The Telegraph is a working model that was set for use on a ship in Seattle, Washington. The winning team will be allowed to put the lever in the right direction to sound their victory as the bells ring.

Manufacture of trophy:

Trophy Awards Manufacturing, Inc.

1023 Town Drive

Wilder, Kentucky

Over 175 man-hours of design and labor went into making the River City Rivalry Trophy. Several University of Cincinnati graduates worked on the project.

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