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Mid 19th Century
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Eastern European silver beaker commemorating the 1848 Hungarian Revolution.
At the time of the revolution in Hungary, which was part of the Austrian Empire, there was an attempt to abolish feudalism and establish in its place representative democracy. The radical changes, which included extending suffrage and freedom of the press, were resisted by the Habsburg rulers. When Austrian military intervention failed, Emperor Franz Joseph I sought help from the Russian Czar Nicholas I, who obliged with a large army. Thanks to Russian assistance, which was in fact an invasion, the revolution collapsed and Hungary was placed under martial law.
Wear and patina consistent with age and use.
Heavy weight: 8 troy ounces
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