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Stirrup cup, associated with James VI (I of England)

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Stirrup cup, associated with James VI (I of England)
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A stirrup cup is used for a farewell drink taken by a mounted rider about to depart. This is said to be the stirrup cup from which James VI drank at Dunfermline in 1603 before setting out for London and the English crown.

Made in a style known as 'fa├žon de Venise', the cup was probably the work of migrant Venetian glassworkers in the Netherlands. It is an example of the commercial and cultural exchanges between Scotland and the Low Countries in the 16th century.

The cup later passed into the hands of the Halkett family of Pitfirrane by Dunfermline.

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