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Post  Michelle on Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:22 am

My dad has this cup (beaker) and he has aloud me to share this with everyone,
he has had this for many years and the story i have been told about it amazes me,
I am unsure of how he got it or how much he paid for it, that bit slipped my mind after all these years of him having it and telling the story (meaning be hide it)
I hope you all enjoy this beaker i have come across,

Sorry about the photos i have taken, this cup has seen better days, but its the history be hind it that counts

so i have been looking around the internet and i have found this wee bit about it.

This ceramic on copper beaker, called the Khodinka Cup, or Cup of Sorrows, was made to commemorate the lavish Russian Imperial Coronation in 1896 of the last Romanov couple, Nicholas and Alexandra. The front depicts the crowned ciphers of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna above the date 1896, the reverse, the Russian Imperial double- headed eagle. Decorated with a rust-colored and pale blue strapwork design below a gilt border, this beaker, given its tumultuous history, is in exceptional condition-4 in. (10.2 cm.) high.

The Imperial Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II The Coronation of Nicholas Alexandrovich was held on May 14th, 1896 in the Assumption Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin. Costing over 100 million rubles, it was to be the final and most extravagant of Romanov coronations: Kings, crown princes, presidents and other heads of state from around the world traveled to the old capital to participate in the 20-day festivity. One journalist described the Kremlin's ambiance at twilight after the Imperial procession: "A magical fairytale began, a waking dream. People walked as if spellbound among glowing precious stones, the million lights of the city and the Kremlin, admiring the exotic sight"

Khodinka Field Catastrophe

Four days after the Tsarís coronation, on May 18, 1896, close to half a million people gathered on the Khodinka Field northwest of Moscow, to celebrate the occasion and receive gifts, including this beaker, from the imperial family. These were to be distributed the following morning. Early next day, which was unseasonably hot, rumor spread about a shortage of souvenirs. The masses in a panic started to surge towards the distribution stalls causing widespread trampling and over a thousand deaths.




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Re: i have something i would like to share

Post  ev on Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:04 am

Wowwwwwww just wowwwwwww Michelle....
that's a long time ago and a lot of history Very Happy
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