Its origins, however are lost in pre-history with the earliest archeological evidence dating back to 7000 BC. A mether is a communal or friendship drinking vessel solely meant for mead in the Celtic tradition.
This particular sterling silver 3-inch tall mether has a very organic, almost floral shape with four sleek small handles for handing off to a friend. The cup could be used for a very small glass of wine or a large shot glass. It is signed with a crown above a "W", which is attributed to West & Son and is also marked, "West & Son". Also present is the Dublin assay office Hibernia hallmark (Ireland) and the crowned harp hallmark (sterling silver). The last hallmark is the "O" date letter for 1929.
This beautiful vessel is in very good antique condition with expected age wear to the silver. A few of the handles have some small dings and textured dark tiny dots, which may have been from when it was made (as photographed). Overall, it is in very good sturdy condition and has a very attractive and intriguing look to it. Please see photos for condition and below for detailed measurements.Condition: very good vintage condition with expected minor age wear, some of the handles have small dings and/or tiny dark textured spots (possibly from when the piece was created). 100 % of the items I sell are pre-owned, vintage, or antique. Every item I sell will have some signs of wear. The combination of photos and descriptions are my best effort to communicate the beauty, condition, and any defects.
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Does your government charge duty? The item "Dublin Ireland West & Son Irish Sterling silver 1929 Mether Mead Cup" is in sale since Wednesday, November 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Sterling Silver (. The seller is "justifiable_expense" and is located in Eugene, Oregon. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, Japan, Australia.