This is an exquisite and unique silver cup The chasing is ornate and lovely. We date this piece between 1890 and 1900. The hallmark gives an interesting history of origin.
Though it is small in stature, this beautiful cup features bold decoration.
An extraordinary and ornate Art Nouveau cartouche adorns the side while the remaining body is embellished in a repeating, textural pattern of linear, repeating parallelograms.
The upper edge and base of the cup remain smooth. The crest on the front of the cup is un-engraved.
There is only one hallmark on the underside of the cup and it reads "13". Primarily used in Austro-Hungarian silversmithing, the number refers to 13/16 lothig (a lothig being an antiquated unit of measure).
This indicates that the silver is 13 out of 16 parts silver, what we would now distinguish as 833/1000 or 83.3%.
Due to the fact that this mark was typically used by Austria-Hungary and that the monarchy was dissolved in 1918, and by the exceedingly Art Nouveau adornment, it is reasonable to say that this cup dates from the late 1800's (probably 1890 to 1900).
A truly magnificent piece of silver tableware, this lovely cup exhibits some patina spots on the interior and some minor dents towards the base, though it is sure to make an excellent addition to any discerning antiquarian's collection.
We do not polish our silver so the owner can polish to their individual preference. This cup has a very nice weight to it.
Measurements: Rim circumference: 8 ¾" Base circumference: 6 ¼" Height: 2 7/8" Weight: 64.6 grams (2.28 oz)