A Fine Silver, French Stirrup Cup
The present stirrup cup represents a wonderful, fine and in a very good condition object of the hunting culture. It has a lengthy, boat-form, round ending and incurved side-rims. On the exterior, it is left plain, while the only decorative element is an engraved ring on the rim. The marks are punched quite clearly on the exterior side of the object. An engraving of the name of the beholder of the cup: “Pierre Moraud”.
The stirrup cup is an invention of the late seventeenth-century. Its low, flat form with the incurved rim is typical for this object. This form had permitted the hunter to carry the cup always with him attached on his belt, and in order to be able to leave the cup down even on uneven ground while drinking.
Antoine Neyrat was born around 1697 and was an active silversmith from 1722 to 1745. In 1738 his daughter got married to Pierre Lebrun, counsellor of the King at the court of Aydes in Clermont-Ferrand.
Claude-Gérard Cassan, Les Orfèvres de L’Auvergne: Auvergne – Bourbonnais – Marche – Velay, De Nobele: 1984