A pair of cups with twin handles are to be included in an auction during March this year. They are expected to create some excitement among collectors, as they are believed to have belonged to Mad Jack Mytton.
John Mytton was an MP and a British aristocrat during the Regency period, and was also spendthrift, gambler and a huntsman with a reputation for regularly drinking eight bottles of port a day. The cups are from the 19th century, with twin handles and display the name of the eccentric MP. A specialist in European ceramics, Caroline Dennard from Halls auctioneers, said that the aristocrat had a legendary reputation in Shropshire and was known to be a bit quirky.
The 19th century cups were used at the time as a ‘joke’ item, with a crouching frog in the bottom of each cup. As the friend drank the contents of the cup, the frog would appear, giving them a fright. Mad Jack Mytton was known for his practical jokes while being schooled at home, as he had been expelled from two reputable schools.
The antique cups came from Linley Hall, which was originally constructed for Roger More, a Member of Parliament for Ludlow. There are a number of other interesting pieces to be included in the auction, which will take place in March this year.
For some collectors, the cups will be an interesting addition to other antiques displayed in an antique cabinet, perhaps in the dining room so interested parties will be able to admire them.
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