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HEIRLOOM STIRUP-CUP: "HALLMARK HELP"


#1

Posted: 01/04/2009
Post subject: HEIRLOOM STIRUP-CUP :

We are trying to decipher the hallmarks on this silver “Stirrup cup”.

It came from Scotland late last century by my great great grandmother who worked in Killochen castle.

It has 1561 enscribed on it and what could be a signature.

I have tried to match the hallmarks without much luck.

We have always wondered what the history behind the cup may be and was hoping someone could help us

Its very difficult to shoot as the hallmarks are inside the base
Kind Regards
STIRUP-CUP.jpg


#2

CLOSE UP OF HEIRLOOM STIRUP-CUP HALLMARK
SILVER CHALICE hallmark close up.jpg


#3

I can tell you that your cup is not Scottish. The hallmarks indicate that it was assayed in Chester in 1901 as an import. The sponsor’s initials, BM, stand for Berthold Muller who imported a great deal of silver at about this time from the Netherlands and Germany. I believe that the mark next to BM is that of a Hanau maker.


#4

Looks like a “N” in the shield.
Probably Neresheimer of Hanau Germany.
925-1000.com/Fgerman_hanau_marks_01.html


#5

I will never tell a sole and let it stay on the mantel where my family can all fantasise about medieval jousting.