Wimbledon is identified with strawberries, so what’s the deal with the pineapple on the Trophy we all pretend we don’t see? Because, most of us recognise there is a pineapple happily sitting on top of the Wimbledon men’s singles prize, don’t we? It’s in fact sort of difficult to not observe due to how misplaced it looks in its extremely popular setting.
Wimbledon’s trophy is 131-year-old silver English designed and made prize, for a competition played at the All-England Club. You know, England? The place where it’s “nearly” impossible to grow a lot of fruits– including pineapples.
Naturally, I have actually googled it. No one understands why there’s a pineapple on the top either. All you find is a number of obscure summaries that all state approximately the exact same thing: something to do with seafarers placing them on gateposts.
The prize itself was made in Birmingham, like the majority of them were in the past.
So, why the pineapple?
Well, now we are getting somewhere. The pineapple was thought about a royal status sign once. The pineapple was seen in Europe as a true status and standing symbol, mainly due to its rarity, however that was the seventeenth century, more than 200 years prior to the crafting of the Wimbledon prize. Whether it retained that same gravitas as a symbol of the elite by the late nineteenth century, we do not truly understand.
However, there is a massive quantity of historic proof that suggests that pineapples were thought about a symbol of status, status, wide range, and also elite success offered their rarity in Europe.
But, there is an alternative theory of where the Pineapple ontop of the Wimbledon trophy came from and the meaning behind it. Some believe the Pineapple is an old age symbol of hospitality and gentlemanship. It symbolised how guests where welcome in upper-class homes. Tennis players where expected to add this into a drawing room of their homes (usually at the front of the house) welcoming guests in. Both theories are possible, but it seems to be that the pineapple that sits on-top of the Wimbledon trophy is supposed to represent status and hospitality.