A Russian Imperial Commemorative Cup
for the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II & Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna
Known as “The Khodynka 'Cup of Sorrows'"
Russia, Dated, 1896
Measures: 10.5 cm high
This enamelled metal beaker is one of those produced to be distributed to commemorate the Coronation ofthe last Tsar, Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra. It bears a Tsar's monogram with Cyrillic initials on one side, surmounted by the Imperial crown and with the date 1896 below. The other side with Imperial Russian Eagle of the Romanov Dynasty surmounted by the crown.
These cups became associated with a particularly tragic event which came to be seen as an omen of the things with came to pass during Nicholas II's reign. On the morning of 18 May 1896, half- a-million revelers gathered at Khodynka Field on the outskirts of Moscow in anticipation of the distribution of gifts from the new monarch. As the presentation of these cups began, a stampede took place and over a thousand people were trampled to death in the crowd. Following what become known as the "Khodynka Tragedy" these cups are referred to as "The Cup of Sorrows".
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