Russian Imperial Coronation Cup of Sorrow Tsar Nicholas II circa 1896
Description:Presented is a very special antique enameled cup made in Russian Empire in 1896.
It was made to commemorate the coronation of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II and was given as a present to those attending the coronation celebration.
It was later called the Khodynka Cup of Sorrows, also known as the Coronation Cup, the Sorrow Cup, or the Blood Cup, was made for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna in 1896. The cup bears the cyphers of Nicholas and Alexandra surrounded by a geometric pattern with the Romanov eagle on the opposite side. The beaker is among many that were distributed along with food presents and commemorative scarves to celebrate the coronation of Nicholas II, as had been the long-standing tradition. On the morning of 18 May 1896, over half a million revelers gathered on the ragged Khodynka Field in Moscow in anticipation of the presents and especially the commemorative cups (enameled tableware was still a great novelty at the time). That was far more than the field could safely accommodate, especially considering the many trenches and pits that dotted the plain in front of the Tsar's podium, because the entire area was normally used as a military training ground. A rumor swept through the crowd that the cups contained a gold coin. In the confusion and stampede that ensued, over a thousand people were trampled to death in what has become known as the Khodynka Tragedy. This event was taken as an omen of things to come for the rest of Nicholas' reign. The coronation cup became known in Russia as the Cup of Sorrows and the Tsar himself got the nickname of "Bloody Nicholas" - despite his best efforts to compensate the families of the victims. It was the Tsarina who named it the "cup of sorrows."
The cup is made of tin enameled and decorated with Russian ornaments and the initials of Tsar and Tsarina.It is in good condition with only some minor age-related enamel loss on the upper edge. Usually this cup shows in much worse condition.
The cup is 4" tall. Please note - this is the original "Cup of Sorrow" from 1896, not a copy or repro. I guarantee authenticity !