(2) Sterling Silver South American Yerba Mate Cups w/1 Straw. Marked: Cannot find a makers mark or silver mark. Silver mate cups were of artisan production and unmarked for the most part.
Metal Content: Tested to be. Evaluation Standard: This item has been evaluated using industry standard acid testing to ensure metal content and accuracy. All weights and measurements are estimated and approximate. Condition: These early to mid 1900's handmade artisan production mate cups are well made and absolutely spectacular. This piece was made in three sections.
The bottom is rounded like a gourd and hand hammered. The middle section is repoussed with flowers & leaves on the one and what looks like a representation of feathers on the other. The hand hammered applied rim on both is a slightly uneven as is common with hand made items and one cup has been reinforced (see picture 8, 9, 10) on the rim and handle but they look original not damage and repair. I believe these were done when the pieces were originally made, but I could be wrong.
The three applied feet are thick and sturdy and have what looks like lions faces at the bottom. The applied handle appears to be solid and has a bird perched on top. Each has a different bird. They are most definitely pair. Having done some worldwide research these seem to be the only pair of early to mid 1900's solid sterling silver mate cups for sale at this time.
Given the fact that most silver mate cups came out of Argentina it is likely where these were made. Age: It is difficult to date a silver mate as they were of artisan production (unmarked). Usually the chronology is made through their style's evaluation. The most ancient were, presumably, of Peruvian origin, but there are documents attesting their existence in Buenos Aires (Argentina) since the beginning of the 18th century.Weight Pair: 12.17 troy ounces. Each holds 6oz of liquid. Flower Decorations & Fantailed Dove or pigeon. 4 1/2 High Top of Handle. 4 high to bowl top. 2 7/16 diameter of bowl top. 2 3/4 diameter center of bowl. Feather Decorations & Southern Crested Caracara. 4 3/4 High Top of Handle. 4 1/4 high to bowl top. 2 3/8 diameter of bowl top. Mate is a word of'quichua' origin (mati) that identifies a vase used to drink. In Peru and Rio de la Plata mate is the name of calabash tree fruit ('Lagenaria vulgaris') used to contain an infusion of herbs original of Paraguay (Olex Paraguariensis). The use of this container spread through South America in a way that also the infusion assumed the name of mate (Yerba Mate). Yerba Mate (pronounced "yerba mahtay") is a medicinal and cultural drink of ancient origins. Introduced to the world by the Guarani Indians of South America, Mate contains ingredients that help keep its drinkers healthy and energetic. Mate became the most common ingredient in household cures of the Guarani, and now, more than a drink, Yerba Mate has become a cultural phenomenon throughout South America.
Current practice in modern Argentina and Paraguay, Mate tea is made from the leaves steeped in hot water. Actually, a large quantity of ground leaf is first soaked in cold water, and then the hot water is added, over and over again, until all the good stuff has been extracted.
In between each addition of hot water the tea is ingested through a special wood or metal straw, called a bombillas, that filters out the leafy material. It is also used as a cold beverage. Condition: The Bombillas has several dents as show in the pictures but looks great none the less. Straw (Bombillas) Weight: 15.7 grams. "Bombilla literally means "light bulb.This name originated from the shape of the bombilla; many of these straws have a flared or bulbous end which acts as a filter as the mixture is sipped.. The highest quality bombillas are made from silver. Some bombillas are easily disassembled for cleaning", this one does NOT come apart; "a small [long handle] bottle brush type accessory is used to clean the interior. The item "(2) Sterling Silver South American Yerba Mate Cups with1 Sterling Straw" is in sale since Thursday, October 3, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (.925)\Other Antique Sterling Silver". The seller is "asilverh" and is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.