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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Starting from a my late Mother´s collection, I continue to collect historical memorabilia beakers, cups and mugs (with a handle).
    They were mainly produced ca. 1896 - 1930ties as souvenirs to celebrate major historical events. As in Europe in those days these major occasions were mainly royal (Royal weddings, coronations, jubiliees), most of the cups to be found today belong to this category.
    Most of the time memorabilia cups were made from porcelain or stoneware. The enamel ones are much much rarer.
    There are other occasions too, like world fairs, important history exhibitions or jubilees of towns or major inventions.

    My oldest two enamel cups are from 1896: the legendary "Cup of Sorrow" for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. (where thousands of people were killed during the free distribution of the cups on a field near Moskow) and a Hungarian Cup to celebrate the 1000th jubilee of the founding of that country.

    There are only two American cups that I know of (and have):
    The 1897 50th jubilee of the first settlers that arrived in Utah in 1847
    and the 1904 mug for the St.Louis World Fair / Louisiana Purchase Exhibition.

    Are there any other collectors for this category out there?
    Does anyone know about other historic American memorabilia cups?

    I would love to hear from you!

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      These are wonderful and fascinating and I have to say I was unaware of them before (that says more about me than the cups...)
      What a beautiful way to hold history.
      The American ones have particularly beautiful colours.

      Welcome to CW! Please keep posting :)
    2. vitannie vitannie, 5 years ago
      Thank you, racer4four!
      Yes, I am patricularly fond of the American Cups.
      All of my Cups direct me to learning more about forgotten and amazing episodes in history.
    3. vitannie vitannie, 5 years ago
      The Utah Cup was even featured on the American Antiques Roadshow once.
    4. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 5 years ago
      Amazing cup and great story.
    5. vitannie vitannie, 5 years ago
      It is! Although I don´t agree what is said about the cups manufacturers here. I don´t think they were produced in "Russia, Italy or England" but rather in Austria or Germany. They took a lot of commissions for other international enamel Memorial Cups in those years.
      As for the price: when you are lucky you can get a Utah Cup on Ebay for about 100 - 120 Dollars. They will be more expensive in specialist historic auctions.

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