About this Piece
A lovely gift for someone's home or indeed a great cup for drinking some quality wine. Made by Mullingar Pewter in the midlands of Ireland, every side of this Irish handcrafted goblet is etched with the story of one of Irelands great mythical heros. The goblet is 7" high hand turned and polished on the inside. The outside is hand turned on top and base with the center darkened to highlight the scenes on the three sides.
This handcrafted goblet tells the tragic story of the legendary Diarmuid Ua Duibhne, a member of ‘Na Fianna’, a group of legendary Irish warriors. Diarmuid elopes with Grainne, the most beautiful woman in Ireland (and betrothed to Fionn MacCool, the leader of Na Fianna), only to be later mortally wounded by a giant boar, who had originally been murdered as a human by Diarmuid’s father and transformed into a boar. Fionn reluctantly tries to heal Diarmuid with water from his magically healing hands, though finds himself too late, and Diarmuid perishes.
About the Maker
In 1974, Paddy Collins revived the ancient craft of pewter manufacturing in Ireland, establishing his workshop in Mullingar, County Westmeath. Pewter has existed since ancient Egyptian and Roman times (as an alloy of tin mixed mainly with copper and antimony), and came to Ireland 800 years ago, becoming fashionable among the wealthy and for ceremonial purposes. Mullingar Pewter combines traditional handcrafted techniques that take many years to perfect, along with modern advances (modern pewter no longer contains lead, for instance), producing wonderful heritage gifts.