Charming and unique mate cup, South American, likely Argentina, early 20th century or late 19th century, unmarked.
Measures just under 5" high, and is roughly 2 1/2" wide, with lid attached by a chain. The lid has a hole for insertion of bombilla.
Ovoid form, with etched designs in bands, simple foliate and geometric designs, with textured backgrounds.
The feet are delightful, three human legs with boots, a very unusual base.
It sits slighlty askew, and has visible dents in body and on lid. There are spots of tarnish, all shown in photos. Note that there is also a fair amount of reflection on surface, sometimes appearing as dark spots, but it is only the reflection of camera (the second photo, and another showing a round black spot are just reflections of the camera).
We have collected and sold mate cups for many years, from traditional, Spanish colonial forms to more folky, and this is certainly well within the folky realm. Both the lid and the human feet base are uncommon, whimsical, and very creative.
Please see all photos for details and email any questions.
Condition issues described above, and are visible in photos. As the item is antique and shows usage, it is sold as is.