One amazing and absolutely unique stirrup cup, a stunning oddity as a hunting trophy.
A stirrup cup is a "parting cup" given to guests, especially when they are leaving and have their feet in the stirrups.It is also the traditional drink (usually port or sherry) served at the meet, prior to a traditional foxhunt.
Stirrup cups are extremely rare in general, however this particular cup is absolutely unique and it seems to indicate it was made to commemorate an unfortunate hunting accident as it features a human human head in the place traditionally reserved for an animal trophy head.
The man depicted is dressed in traditional tirolese hunting clothes and has a bullet hole right in the middle of the forehead.
There is a beautiful and elegant short text engraved on the actual silver cup reading : /Ich habe nicht eimal geschissen, als sie mich... erschossen./ that translates to something like /I didn't even s.h.i.t when they ... shot me./
The lot is preserved in an overall very good condition, with just light areas where the paint has faded, usual minor dents and scratches that come naturally with a piece like this. Overall the patina is very pleasant.
The total weight of the stirrup cup is 298 grams and measures about 200 mm high, with the base diameter of 105 mm, and 65 mm between the hunters shoulders.
The silver cup is stamped close to its brim, with an almost completely faded Dianna hallmark, and a rectangle maker mark that cannot be deciphered.
It is truly a unique world class, museum grade piece that can easily stand proud even in the most exclusive collections.
- Coupe étrier
- Argent 800
- Période estimée
- Fin du XIXe siècle
- Pays d’origine
- Bon état - Utilisé, présentant de petites traces de vieillissement
- 200×65×105 mm
- 298 g