Friday, April 6, 2012

Estate Sale Finds: Gucci Rabbit Head Stirrup Cup

A little Animal Head themed vintage find from my estate sale this week ... AND a rabbit, just in time for Easter.

This little metal stirrup cup has a smart little rabbit head atop, which when turned over uses his nose and ears as a base. My cup is stamped "Gucci" which seems pretty fancy:



I had to do a little research to find out the story of this cup. As it turns out, stirrup cups are traditionally offered to riders before a classic English hunt, and are often filled with port or sherry as part of a special toast to begin the festivities.

A google image search shows they also come with fox heads, deer heads, and more. All I know is that there are a million little upside down animal head cups that I think I need to start collecting.

4 comments:

city said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing...

Sarah L. Brown said...

You're so lucky to find this! I am about to list a pair of brass-plated silver rabbit stirrup cups, but they're not Gucci brand. I just saw a single cup likes yours for sale on Ebay for about $400. :)

Sarah L. Brown said...

Here he is! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintge-GUCCI-Super-RARE-Silver-RABBIT-Stirrup-Cup-Cocktail-Barware-GG-HANDSOME-/370580331002?pt=US_CSA_WH_Handbags&hash=item56484f19fa

bex said...

ha! hearing that a cup like mine is going for $400 should make me want to sell it, but instead I want to hug it closely and pet its little rabbit head every night before i go to bed.

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