According to tradition, a stirrup cup is a cup containing an alcoholic beverage offered to departing horsemen when their "feet were in the stirrups". It is also tradition to drink port or sherry from a stirrup cup prior to a fox hunt. More modern versions created in pewter, such as this one, are often used as jiggers.
George Washington was remembered for his acumen on a horse and according to Thomas Jefferson was "the best horseman of his age, and the most graceful figure that could be seen on horseback".
The three dimensional "griffin" on this stirrup cup is adapted from silver serving pieces used by George and Martha Washington. The Washington family coat-of-arms is surmounted by a "flying griffin," a mythological creature that was featured on the family crest for generations. George Washington placed the crest, a winged lion's body with a bird's head, on many of his most important possessions, including his bookplate, silver plate, and presidential coach. In 1757 Washington acquired a mahogany version of his coat-of-arms, which he placed in the front parlor, "the best room in my house."
The 3 ounce stirrup cup is 4" overall with the cup portion measuring approximately 2 ¼".
Made in the USA exclusively for Mount Vernon by Salisbury Pewter.