Established in 1925, the Old Oaken Bucket was the brainchild of Chicago-based alums from Indiana and Purdue. Both alumni groups felt a bucket from an Indiana well was a suitable prize to award to the winner of the annual gridiron battle. So a bucket that many believe dates back to the Civil War was found on a farm in southern Indiana and selected, and each year the winning school would attach a block letter representing the winning school. Of course, the 1925 contest ended in a tie, a 0-0 one at that, thus the trophy’s handle is adorned with a block link that represents both schools. Today Boiler and Hoosiers cannot celebrate their Hoosier State victory without hoisting the Old Oaken Bucket.
Our bucket stands 12 inches tall and weighs about 6 lbs. The bucket will come as pictured, with 5 P’s and 3 I’s (to reflect overall Purdue lead in the series) and with a block I hanging from IP at the top. This reflects the Hoosier victory in 2015.
The Old Brass Spittoon was purchased for $25 in 1950 in hopes of firing up the Spartans prior to their contest with the Hoosiers. Found in a Lansing antique shop by the MSU Junior Class President, it was deemed an appropriate award for the contest. A challenge was issued to and accepted by the Indiana University Student Council in Bloomington, and another great Big Ten tradition was born. The Spittoon is believed to date back to the early 1800’s, so while it’s a relatively new traveling trophy, there aren’t many that have been around for over 2 centuries.
The Old Brass Spittoon weighs 4 lbs.