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This pair of antique pewter "Fox head" stirrup cups is in excellent condition, given their age, with only minimal surface scratches that could likely be buffered or polished away.

Traditionally, a stirrup cup is a "parting cup" given to guests, especially when they are leaving for a fox hunt and have mounted their horses, their feet already in the stirrups.

Little is known about the specific origins of the Stirrup Cup, but the custom is essentially English, though old cups have been manufactured both in America and Germany as well. As hunting men gathered on horseback a welcome drink was a typical start to the day.

The classic mask or head Stirrup Cups date from 1760. Early examples of fox and hound heads were hand-chased silver or pewter made in two halves and soldered together.

This particular pair of stirrup cups is estimated to be from the 1920's and each measure 3.5 inches high x 2 inches wide.

While it may be fun to use these as shot glasses. We think they make great decorative pieces and conversation starters.


Fox Head "Stirrup Cups" Antique Pewter Shot Glasses

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  • Material: pewter
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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