8871. Vintage Silver Fox Stirrup Cup - Price £3,350

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A beautifully modelled sterling silver stirrup cup in the form of a fox head. Fine features and lovely expressive face. Heavy cast silver. Large size. Original gilt finish and interior. Weight 345 grams, 11 troy ounces. Height 16.5 cms. Diameter 8.1 cms. English silver hallmarks on the rim for London 1964. Maker Padgett & Braham Ltd.

Biography - Stanley Padgett (1897-1986 ), an entrepreneur with a family background in the jewellery and silversmith trade. Aged 25 he bought his first business J. Braham Ltd with a bank loan of £100, employing three silversmiths and one polisher to make silver cigarette cases. Padgett went on to acquire more firms between the 1930s and 1960s; silversmiths C.H. Dumenil 1938, the well known and long established silversmiths Wakely and Wheeler 1957, gilders and platers Pairpoint and Sons 1963 and the Flute Makers' Guild and the Birmingham silversmiths W.H. Manton 1964. Monarch Shield Ltd, the company which introduced a tarnish free silver protection to the UK, was added in 1966. By this date the company had over 70 employees. A contemporary article about the firm stated that "since the war, Mr Padgett has been collecting craftsmen - his aim being to assemble under one roof the most skilled teams of experts available." The Birmingham gold wedding ring specialists H. Aston joined the business in 1969 and Stanley Padgett's son John Padgett continued this tradition adding Edward Barnard and Sons to the business in 1977. The insignia workshop was taken over from Garrards in the 1980s. The shrinking market for commercially produced silver led to the diminution of the trade and the business finally closed in 2006

Condition - This rare little hunting cup is in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Crisp silver hallmarks. The definition is very good. The gilt finish is a little worn on the outside.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Literature - The stirrup cup held a drink which was consumed while mounted on horseback, usually prior to a hunt moving off. As it is of small capacity it can be emptied quickly and there is no need to set it down during use.

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