HISTORY OF THE STIRRUP CUP OR TODDY MUG:

By: John Hogan

The history of the stirrup cup or toddy mug has a long tradition dating Pre Victorian in the sport of hunting and was given to the rider after the hunt.

Staffordshire Stirrup Cup/Toddy Mug, C. 1880-1900

STAFFORDSHIRE STIRRUP CUP/TODDY MUG

SIDE PROFILE OF STIRRUP CUP/TODDY MUG

Toddy was a drink of brandy, whiskey, etc. mixed with hot water, sugar, and usually spices. These porcelain china stirrup cups or toddy mugs were manufactured by various German factories, many of which are unmarked, English factories and Austrian factories. Most date around 1870-1890 when hunting of various wild life was not illegal and was referred to as an aristocratic sport.

For those of hunting sports such items can evoke a memorable experience of their past when such sporting events were completely legal in their countries. Therefore such items can rank under memorabilia.


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