Vintage Set of 4 Animal Head Stirrup Cups Goblets Pewter and Silverplate
A spectacular set of 4 vintage animal head stirrup cups / goblets, featuring a wolf, a boar, a ram, and an elk.
Little is known about the specific origins of the Stirrup Cup, but it seems clear that they emerged with the advent of mounted packs hunting, especially fox hunting. The custom is essentially English, though old cups can be traced as far back as the Viking times. Historically, stirrup cups acquired three main meanings: 1) a “parting cup” given to guests when they are leaving and have their feet in the stirrups; 2) when a group of hunters stop for a drink during a hunt and don’t dismount; 3) “a drink at the door.”
When turned over, the animal head serves as a stable base (see pictures) and when heads are up they are beautiful detailed works of art. Stirrup cups would make a wonderful addition to your table decor and can set a theme, such as hunting, equestrian, etc. Traditional drinks such as port or sherry are usually served in these cups.
The listed price is for the set of 4 cups.
Total height: 5" (12.5 cm) tall.
Diameter at the opening: 3" (7.5 cm).
Size of the animal head: 1.75" (4.5 cm).
Material: silver plate with pewter heads.
Weight: cups are heavy, each weighing approximately 11.6 oz (330 gram).
Condition: very good vintage condition. The cups can be cleaned and polished using non-abrasive cleaning solutions for silver and pewter.