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Cartier Plans Historic Polo Exhibit

Cartier, the international jeweler, is organizing South Florida's first retrospective exhibition of rare polo memorabilia tracing the history of the sport over the last 60 years. With more than 100 objects on display, the show will run from March 31 to April 19 at the Cartier store on Worth Avenue and will be open to the public free of charge.

Some of the greatest names in the history of American polo have loaned objects for the show, including Cecil Smith, Alan Corey, George Oliver, Stuart and Philip Iglehart, and Michael Butler. In addition the exhibition will contain memorabilia from the careers of Tommy Hitchcock, Winston Guest, Laddie Sanford and other legends of the sport.

Trophies, mallets, helmets, saddles, vintage photos and programs will be on view, along . with personal scrapbooks owned by several of polo's biggest superstars.

The exhibition coincides with Cartier's 60th anniversary of corporate sponsorship of polo. The House of Cartier began its involvement with the sport by organizing a Cartier Cup competition at Windsor, England, in 1926. The firm subsequently became one of polo's most consistent supporters around the world. Locally, the firm sponsors the Cartier International Open, currently in progress for the eighth consecutive year at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club.

Curators for the Cartier show include the firm's chairman, Ralph Destino, along with: Philip Iglehart and Jeanne Chisholm of the Chisholm Galleries.