A set of five pewter Jefferson cups made for Monticello by Kirk Steiff. The cups, measuring 2 1/2" tall and 3" wide across the rim, are not engraved, but have some scuffs and scratches indicative of use and wear. The bottom is impressed with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation backstamp and "Kirk Stieff Pewter P50."
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation initiated its reproductions program in the 1930s. In the early 1960s, the Kirk-Stieff Company, America's oldest silversmiths, began manufacturing licensed pewter and sterling Jefferson cups, so named because they were made from Jefferson's own design. Since that successful beginning, the Foundation has worked with a small but select group of industry leaders to capture the unique charm and excellence of Jefferson's home in painstakingly-made home furnishings and decorative giftware.