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This is an Estate Fresh old Stirrup Cup or Hunt Cup from a long time collector of Antique Hunting Memorabilia in New York State.  I have owned this Stirrup Cup for over 25 years and bought it from the estate myself.  The past owner had it longer than I did.  Now, for me, its time to give this a new home.  Its about as rare of a Stirrup Cup as I have seen.  Made of Terra Cotta I believe, not porcelain like many of the Staffordshire Cup you see.  Its English I believe and may have been made by Wedgewood.  The seemingly Neo-Classical style of the original painted finish makes me believe that as Wedgewood certainly had wares that were of similar decorative design, but I cannot be positive, I am no expert.  It could be late 1700's Austrian or Dutch, but I don't believe so.  What is the most unusual part is the shape, the pottery Boars Head with intact relief ears and amazing detailing on the Head snout mouth and those mean looking teeth.  A pretty impressive gift to offer on a Boar Hunt.  Its really quite stunning.  It stands 4.25" on its end and is about 2.5"across its widest.  
Huntsmen still use stirrup cup to designate and toast with an alcoholic drink offered to riders either as they are about to depart or when they return.  The term stirrup cup originally denoted a cup of wine Port or Sherry, or of other alcoholic beverage, offered to a horseman ready to ride away weather to Toast for a Hunt or just leaving a Hosts Home, hence also any farewell drink.  The expression also denotes a drink offered to an arriving guest before he has dismounted while feet are still in the Stirrup, and the drinking vessel itself
thus the term Stirrup Cup.  One of its earliest occurrences is found in The Praise of York-shire Ale, wherein is enumerated several sorts of Drinks, with a Discription [sic] of the Humours of most sorts of Drunkards (3rd edition – 1697), by George Meriton (1634-1711?), a legal and miscellaneous writer:
Boy, lead our horses out; when we get up, Wee’l have with you a merry stirrup cupp; Then we to famous Yorke will hast away, For thither wee’l adjourn the court this day. The horses were lead out, they mounted all, And each of them did for a flagon call."
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