Made for the traditional Argentinian and South American drink, yerba mate, this cup and bombilla are silver, both stamped with an 800 silver standard. The cup is nicely repoussed with floral and foliate elements on a cast silver serpentine base. The cup measures 5 1/4" high and the bombilla is 8 1/4" long. Together they weigh 6 troy ounces. While the majority of mate cups are fashioned from gourds, many were made of silver, dating back to the early Spanish Colonial era when fine silver was crafted for the wealthy families of the region. Today most are made of Alpaca, which is a form of nickle, and is not silver.
The most prized of silver mate cups are those with figural bases, intricate detail, and are rare. This lovely cup dates to the early 20th century, and is a nice example of traditional Spanish colonial design.