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Set of 6 “My Old Kentucky Home” julep cups

How exciting is this?? A complete set of the six julep cups Louisville Stoneware produced in 1976 to commemorate the Kentucky Derby’s centennial year and “My Old Kentucky Home,” the famous song written by Stephen Foster in 1853 and first sung at the Kentucky Derby prior to its 50th running in 1924. Each julep cup is different, quoting a line from the lyrics, with an appropriate graphic underneath. In order of their appearance in the song, they are:

“The sun shines bright” - pictures a racehorse and trainer in a fenced meadow.

“The meadow’s in the bloom” - pictures a whole tangle of meadow flowers.

“Where the birds make music all the day” - pictures a pair of cardinals perched on branches, one of which has his head thrown back and mouth open in song.

“Weep no more my lady” - pictures an old woman with bowed head wearing a long dress and lacy headpiece sitting on a chair in front of a window.

“We will sing one song” - pictures a group of ladies and gentlemen, one with a guitar, sitting and standing around a table singing.

“For my old Kentucky home” - pictures the door and windows of a 2-story brick house.

These handpainted julep cups all are banded top and bottom in a smoky blue color, the lyric quotes are in a deeper blue script, and the graphics are painted in various shades of green, yellow, brown, and blue, with dark blue outlines and accents. Cups stand 4" tall with diameters of 3-3/8" at their rims and 2-1/2" at their unglazed bottom rings. Each one is stamped “© Kind Trees, 1976” on the bottom, as well as with semicircular printing saying “Louisville Stoneware Co., Made in KY, U.S.A.” All 6 cups are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, crazing, or color loss. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $240.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

1974 Kentucky Derby julep cup

Everyone knows about the famous Kentucky Derby mint julep glasses, but did you know that Louisville Stoneware Company has been producing beautifully handpainted stoneware julep cups for over 35 years? This is one of the oldest and rarest, having been created for the centennial Derby in 1974. Banded in soft shades of brown at both top and bottom, the front features a race horse and jockey thundering down the track in a cloud of billowing dust. Colors are rust, green, and deep navy blue. Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Bottom says “Made in Kentucky U.S.A. by Louisville Stoneware Co., 1974, Year of the 100th Kentucky Derby.” Amazingly enough, this one has survived in pristine condition, with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

 

 only 1 available

 

1977 Kentucky Derby julep cup

Here’s a vintage Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup created for the 1977 Kentucky Derby. Its front depicts a horse’s head in shades of brown and beige, outlined and emphasized with deep navy blue, behind which are trees, grass and sky, painted in greens and blues. Top and bottom are banded in beige. Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Bottom says “Made in Kentucky U.S.A. by Louisville Stoneware Co., 1977, Year of the 103rd Kentucky Derby.” Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

 

 only 1 available

 

1977 Kentucky Derby julep cup #2

This is another 1997 Kentucky Derby Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup. Its front features a race horse ridden by a jockey in colorful silks. Colors are shades of brown, yellow, tan, and light blue, outlined and emphasized in deep navy blue. Top and bottom are banded in beige and deep brown. Bottom says “Made in Kentucky U.S.A. by Louisville Stoneware Co., 1977, Year of the 103rd Kentucky Derby.” Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches, but some paint loss on the lettering on the bottom. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

 

 only 1 available

 

1982 Kentucky Derby julep cup

This is a 1982 Kentucky Derby Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup. Its front features a race horse ridden by a jockey in colorful silks. Colors are shades of brown, yellow, tan, and light blue, outlined and emphasized in deep navy blue. Top and bottom are banded in beige and deep brown. Bottom says “Made in Kentucky U.S.A. by Louisville Stoneware Co., 1982, Year of the 108th Kentucky Derby.” Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

 

 only 1 available

 

1983 Kentucky Derby julep cup

This lovely Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup is from the 1983 Kentucky Derby. Its front features a race horse ridden by a jockey in colorful silks. Colors are shades of brown, yellow, tan, and light blue, outlined and emphasized in deep navy blue. Top and bottom are banded in beige and deep brown. Bottom says “Made in Kentucky U.S.A. by Louisville Stoneware Co., 1983, Year of the 109th Kentucky Derby.” Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

1990 Kentucky Derby julep cup

Here from the 1990 Kentucky Derby is a Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup in the popular Twin Spires pattern. Front features the Churchill Downs clubhouse with its famous twin spires soaring into puffy blue clouds. Colors are deep blue and deep green, with accents of yellow and rust. Back says “116th Running of the Kentucky Derby.” Banded in blue at both top and bottom, the bottom features the distinctive Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “Officially Licensed by Churchill Downs,” as well as “Made in Kentucky” and “Microwave safe.” This cup is identical to our 1992 cup listed immediately below except for the number on the back. It stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

1992 Kentucky Derby julep cup

This Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup in the popular Twin Spires pattern matches our 1990 cup listed immediately above. Front features the Churchill Downs clubhouse with its famous twin spires soaring into puffy blue clouds. Colors are deep blue and deep green, with accents of yellow and rust. Back says “118th Running of the Kentucky Derby.” Banded in blue at both top and bottom, the bottom features the distinctive Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “Officially Licensed by Churchill Downs,” as well as “Made in Kentucky” and “Microwave safe.” Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Crossed horns Kentucky Derby julep cup

The front of this Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup features two large crossed circular horns. In the right circle is a steam boat and two hot air balloons. In the left circle is the Churchill Downs clubhouse with its two famous spires. Underneath the horns are two race horses and jockeys. Very colorful in shades of yellow, green, orange, and deep blue. Banded top and bottom in a lighter blue, the back says “Kentucky Derby.” Bottom carries the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “Officially Licensed by Churchill Downs” and “microwave safe.” Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Pair of Embossed Running Horse julep cups

This is a pair of Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cups in the gorgeously understated Embossed Running Horse pattern. Soft gray bands encircle the top and bottom of each cup, and under the top band, six embossed horses race all the way around the perimeter. Cups measure just over 4" tall with diameters of just over 3-1/4" at their mouths tapering to 2-1/4" at the bases. Bottoms carry the distinctive Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo, above which is “Oven-Microwave-Freezer-Dishwasher Safe” and below which is “2005.” Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. Be sure to check out our coordinating ice bucket and see the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 pair available

 

“For Kentucky’s Mint Julep” julep cup

This handpainted Louisville Stoneware julep cup makes sure you and your guests know its purpose! Its front proudly proclaims “For Kentucky’s mint julep” in bold blue letters, encircled above and below with brown stripes and blue edges. Bottom is marked with the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “microwave safe.” Stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

 

 only 1 available

 

Big Spring julep cup

This attractive handpainted julep cup with three horse heads on its front was created by Louisville Stoneware Company for the “Big Spring Ladies Invitational,” as its back proudly proclaims. Rimmed top and bottom in deep blue, the horses on the front are painted in shades of brown, rust, and gray, outlined and emphasized in deep blue. Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Bottom is marked with the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “microwave safe.” Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Horse & Jockey julep cup #1

The front of this handpainted Louisville Stoneware julep cup features a dappled brown race horse being ridden by a jockey in yellow, blue, and white silks. Outlines and accents are in deep blue, and blue bands encircle both the top and bottom of the cup. Bottom carries the famous Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “microwave safe..” Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Horse & Jockey julep cup #2

This handpainted Louisville Stoneware julep cup matches the one listed immediately above. They are identical except that the bottom of this one does not say “microwave safe.” This cup also stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base and is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Horse & Jockey julep cup #3

Here is a third Louisville Stoneware julep cup that matches the two listed immediately above, except that this one’s back proudly proclaims that it was produced for Healthcare Recoveries, Inc. Like its mates, it also stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base and is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Triple horse head julep cup

This attractive Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup features three horse heads on its front and is rimmed top and bottom in deep blue. The horses on the front are painted in shades of brown, rust, and gray, outlined and emphasized in deep blue. Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Bottom is marked with the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “microwave safe.” Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Kentucky’s Mint Julep Recipe julep cup

Mint julep recipes abound, especially in Kentucky, and here’s Louisville Stoneware’s version printed on the back of their handpainted julep cup that features a sprig of mint on the front and soft green bands around the top and bottom. Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Bottom is marked with the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “microwave safe.” Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

“For My Old Kentucky Home” julep cup

During the 1970s, Louisville Stoneware produced a line of items in the “Kind Trees” pattern that featured various designs coordinated with various phrases from the Kentucky Derby theme song “My Old Kentucky Home.” This one is the “For my old Kentucky home” handpainted julep cup. Underneath the dark blue script are a door and windows, also dark blue, on a light gray background. Lighter blue rims at both the top and bottom. Bottom carries the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “Kind Trees 1976.” We have two of these special julep cups and price is for each. Both are in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, or cracks. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 each + s/h and insurance

 

  ** 1 sold ** 1 remaining **

 

Post Parade julep cup

This attractive Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup features a race horse and jockey on its front and is rimmed top and bottom in deep blue. The horse and rider are painted in shades of blue, gray, and tan, outlined and emphasized in deep blue. Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Bottom is marked with the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “microwave safe.” Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Churchill Downs julep cup

This appealing Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup features the Churchill Downs grandstand and double spires on its front and is rimmed top and bottom in deep blue. Grandstand is painted in shades of blue, green, orange, and yellow, outlined and emphasized in deep blue. Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Bottom is marked with the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo. Near perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches, but a small glaze pop at the bottom right of the graphic (see photo). See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Churchill Downs julep cup #2

This front of this Louisville Stoneware handpainted julep cup features the exact same graphic as the cup listed immediately above, but this one also says “Churchill Downs” on the back. Top and bottom are rimmed in two shades of blue. Cup stands 3-7/8" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at the mouth tapering to 2-1/2" at the base. Bottom is marked with the Louisville Stoneware artist palette logo and also says “Officially licensed by Churchill Downs, Inc.”. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $26.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Set of 4 Embossed Horse Head julep cups

This is a set of four Louisville Stoneware julep cups in a beautifully understated Embossed Horse Head pattern. A single raised horse head adorns the front of each glass, glazed in three luscious shades of brown, including a deep chocolate interior that wraps over the rim to form a top band on the exterior. Cups measure 4" tall with diameters of 3" at their mouths tapering to 2-1/4" at the bases. Unglazed bottoms are stamped Louisville Stoneware, Made in Kentucky, U.S.A.” No nicks, chips, cracks, or scratches, but a glaze slip at the bottom of one cup, and the glazing stops just shy of the bottom of two cups, resulting in an additional color band at the base. See the Louisville Stoneware story below. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $80.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 set available

 

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The Louisville Stoneware Story

Tracing its roots back to 1815, Louisville Stoneware is one of the oldest continuously operating potteries in Kentucky, still in business today making its famous handmade, handpainted pottery in much the same way as has been done for nearly 200 years. In 1878, the pottery works was purchased by John Bauer and named the J.B. Pottery of Louisville, Kentucky. Sylvester O. Snyder bought the company in 1905, incorporating it a year later under the name Louisville Pottery Company. Its most famous owner, John B. Taylor, operated the company from 1938 to 1970, producing the highly collectible Cherokee, Daniel Boone, and Great Smoky Mountains lines of pottery. John and Vivian Robertson bought the company in 1970 and changed its name to Louisville Stoneware in 1971. Their beautiful pottery items are often stamped on the bottom with their distinctive “artist’s palette” logo composed of two hands, one at the top and one at the bottom, with the top hand holding an artist’s brush. Not surprisingly for a pottery works located in Louisville, many Louisville Stoneware patterns depict horses, with a strong emphasis on Kentucky Derby motifs. Purchased in 1977 by Christina Lee Brown, the company expanded through corporate partnerships and produced many corporate gift items, including a whole line of products for Kentucky Fried Chicken. On her retirement in 2007, the company was sold to Two Stone, Inc., a local investor group, who also retired the famous artist’s palette logo. Known throughout America for its beauty and high quality, Louisville Stoneware pieces are found in the White House and the Smithsonian Institution.

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