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Antique Horse Head Stirrup Cup - $125 (Pawleys Island)

condition: good
Antique Horse Hunting Cup known as a “Stirrup Cup”

C1950s. England/UK

Approx. 5 1/4” tall x 3 1/4” diameter at rim

Gilded silver plate cup with a polished pewter horse head. It stands up on its ears to drink from. The cup could be polished back to its original patina. Manufactured in England.

They were originally used to entertain at equestrian events. Stirrup cups are a hallowed tradition and a favorite with riders who participate in foxhunting. Stirrup cups date back to the late 18th and 19th century, they are a form of drinking vessel which was traditionally presented to riders on horseback prior to leaving or arriving home from a hunt. This happened while their feet remained in their stirrups.

Since stirrup cups are connected with hunting, many of the cup bases are usually in the form of a fox, stag, dog, or horse’s head. They were specifically created to be comfortable in the hand and to hold a smaller capacity so the contents could be drunk quickly.

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