The Thomas Cup, the older and the larger of the two, is the handsome prize awarded for the World Men’s Team Championships. Made by Atkin Bros of London, the silver-gilt trophy consists of a cup on a plinth, with the figure of a player atop the lid. Its name honours Sir George Thomas, legendary Founder-President of the International Badminton Federation (now BWF), who was keen that badminton should have its own version of the Davis Cup in tennis.
The World Women’s Team Championships was proposed in 1950 by England’s great pre-War player Betty Uber (supported by New Zealand’s Nancy Fleming), and eventually came into being in 1956-57. The Uber Cup trophy, donated and designed by Betty Uber, consists of a female player on a swivelling globe, mounted on a plinth, and was made by London’s silversmiths Mappin and Webb. The format in its early years consisted of three singles and four doubles; from 1984 onwards, the number of matches per tie was reduced to three singles and two doubles, similar to the Thomas Cup.