Vintage Rare Sterling Silver Mint Julep Cups by FRANK SMITH SILVER. Details on the Frank Smith Silver Company are noted below.
The cups are marked on the bottom with the Frank Smith hallmark, Sterling, 3759 and Skullers as shown. Skullers was a famous jewelry store in Lexington Kentucky. Below is an article on the Skullers clock restoration in Lexington. The cups measure about 3 1/2 Inches tall and has a weight of 111 grams. What better way to celebrate a winning horse race than with a splash of bourbon, some sugar, mint and ice served in a sterling silver Mint Julep Cup!For over a century, these Derby/Mint Julep Cups have been used not only for drinks, but also as trophies at races and fairs. Today, they are a very valuable collectible, these classic Julep Cups make a perfect gift for groomsmen or bridesmaids. They also make a fine Gift for someone special.
These cups are in excellent pre-owned/vintage condition with some minor wear and a very small dint in one cup. They are monogrammed but Im not sure just what letters they are, possibly HPI but the script is hard to read. Please see all the photos for details. Smith began manufacturing silverware in Gardner and within a few years the Frank W.Smith Silver Company had one of the finest equipped factories in the country for the manufacture of high grade sterling silverware, both by machine and by hand. During the course of its history the companys silver services became the possession of notable individuals such as Princess Grace of Monaco and Queen Elizabeth of England. The company continued operations until 1958. In 1913, jeweler Harry Skuller opened a store on Limestone, eventually relocating the business to 115-119 West Main Street, a building that served as the jewelry store's home for five decades.
Installed that same year as the jeweler's signature calling card, the Skuller's clock moved with the business and provided accurate time to passersby and to patrons on the bus line. The Brown Street Clock Company of Monessen, Pennsylvania, manufactured the cast iron and steel, dual-faced clock with the winder in its base and electric lighting behind the dials. The 14-foot-tall clock ran eight days with a single winding. In its early history, dimensional eyeglasses advertised the laboratory of optometrist Dr.
Echols, associated with Skuller's. Over the years, various modifications to the timepiece included the addition of neon lettering. Disaster Strikes In 1974, a violent storm swept through the downtown area, knocking the head off the clock, damaging other features including the signature eyeglasses.In order to make the clock functional once again, Skuller's executed repairs and modernized the internal works. As the years passed, the clock ceased to work but remained part of Lexington's streetscape even though it no longer kept consistent time.
In 2010, major infrastructure improvements along Main Street necessitated the removal of the clock from its location, and the City of Lexington Historic Preservation Commission adopted this significant landmark, raising the necessary funds and overseeing its restoration. The item "6 Antique Sterling Silver Mint Julep Derby Cups Frank Smith Silver Skullers" is in sale since Wednesday, March 25, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "1910buck" and is located in Montgomery, Texas.
This item can be shipped to United States.