Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Loving Cup

Today I'm sharing a Loving Cup that I purchased a few weeks ago on a bidding site on the internet.  It was badly tarnished and I secured it for $20.00

Loving Cup is a large ornamental wine vessel usually made of silver and having two handles.  Sometimes they are a large vessel given as an award for a special event.

The original meaning comes from a ceremonial drinking vessel from 1812.
At weddings people would share it and it symbolized friendship and unity.

Here is the picture of the cup when I first recieved it in the mail.

After a considerable amount of elbow grease and a container of tarnish remover, it now looks really nice.

I have seen them used several ways in decorating, using them in your studio with art brushes, in the kitchen for wooden spoons or several grouped in a beautiful display.

I added some silk hydrangeas for now but I'm sure I will end up moving it many spots in my house.

                                                               3-68 to 11-69"
I'm not sure if it is 1968 or 1868!!

Have no earthy idea what that could be, any ideas?




Carver said...

Lovely and the hydrangeas look great in it. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

photowannabe said...

Mysterious inscription.
Make up your own story, I'll bet it would be good.
Nice polishing job a cup with so many purposes...

Carol Z said...

What a great find. It really shines now. I can think of so many pretty ways to use it.

uberrhund said...

I am willing to bet this was an award or tour of duty retirement cup from the wives of the officers on the USS Lynde McCormick which was stationed in the Pacific out of San Diego from 1960-1991. Here is a link to the shop's history:

You have a lovely bargain and a piece of history there!

Roger Owen Green said...

this post is a WINNER!

LV said...

Your hard work and elbow grease paid off very nicely. What a difference. I like the way you are using it.

Ruth Weston said...

Very fun...and curious! Great item with lots of vintage character!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Have you tried to google it? I have no idea how old it is either but it's gorgeous. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, too...fresh or silk! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

Theresa said...

WOW, that is gorgeous! I have one similar and have never cleaned it! SO pretty! Enjoy your evening dear friend, HUGS!

magiceye said...

This is wonderful!!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

I see these and I think, "ah, perfect for chilling champagne."

Annesphamily said...

A lovely treasure! I like to make up stories in my mind what it could have been! Looks like someone here gave you some ideas! It is wonderful and you paid a fair price!

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