Tory Burch has successfully elicited fall inspiration from this girl, plus hours of research, through a recent instagram post. This image welcoming the change of the season got me going in a big way...
Ironically, my friend Kyle noticed the same post and did her own research. We crack me up...
Turns out this charming cup, a stirrup cup, was a specialized drinking vessel widely used during the late 18th and 19th centuries. A rider on horseback, often departing or arriving home from the hunt, was presented with this type of cup while on horseback. (With feet in stirrups…)
You'll notice the cups have no base requiring another individual, presumably a servant, to hand the stirrup cup to the drinker.
I would imagine the contents were not dawdled over, but downed rather quickly and returned to the servant - sometimes on a specially fitted tray to hold such cups.
Stirrup cups came in both shot glass size as well as larger cups. Although the more elaborate versions were made of silver, less expensive versions, usually made in Staffordshire, England, were available in ceramic, my favorites.
Here is a beautifully displayed set of ceramic stirrup cups from Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge.
Manufacturers, inspired by the hunt, produced a wide range of stirrup cups including heads of foxes, dogs, rabbits, and fish.
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