Georgian Sterling Silver Stirrup Cup
Georgian Sterling Silver Stirrup Cup

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Antique Sterling Silver George III Stirrup Cup made in 1788


An impressive George III silver stirrup cup, realistically modelled in the form of a fox head.

Date 1788
Made By Henry Chawner
Location London
Stock Number W202x20

Out of stock

Maker: Henry Chawner

An impressive George III antique silver stirrup cup, realistically modelled in the form of a fox head. The surface is embellished with chased decoration, reproducing the fine features of the fox’s snarling facial features and fur. The anterior of the rim is encompassed with a reed decorated border.

Dimensions: height 13.5 cm, width of base 7.62 cm

A stirrup cup is a 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 fox hunt. The term can describe the cup that such a drink is served in.

The last verse of the poem “The Stirrup-Cup “ by the American poet, Sidney Lanier:

Then, Time, let not a drop be spilt:
Hand me the cup whene’er thou wilt;
‘Tis thy rich stirrup-cup to me;
I’ll drink it down right smilingly.

Henry Chawner

Henry Chawner became a freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company on 7 December 1785 and entered his first mark as a plateworker on 11 November 1786. On 2 March 1789, he married Miss Hore, daughter and heiress of Edward Hore, of Esher, Surrey.

He entered into partnership with John Emes in 1796 and from about 1798 seems to have retired from silversmithing (he married well!) He seems to have had financial input into John Emes’ firm and then the Barnard Family. His hallmark is often seen on finely made teaware.

Chawner retired to the Manor House, Newton Valance, which, with the surrounding estate, he had purchased in 1810. He is said to have: “converted the old house into domestic offices and added thereto a villa, in the Grecian style. It contains a large collection of paintings and other works of art, amongst which is the Angouleme China vase, mounted in ormolu… The same that was rejected by George IV for whom it was ordered, in consequence of a small fire flaw which came in the burning.” Chawner died there in March, 1851.

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