Gold Loving Cups Presented to Presidents of United States and Mexico
Among the important presents and souvenrs which have been given to President Taft during his trip throughout the country, there are none more interesting nor more significant from a political standpoint than the solid gold cup presented to him during his interchange of courtesies with President Diaz of Mexico. For this occasion two beautiful 18-karat gold cups were given, respectively, to Presidents Taft and Diaz on the occasion of their meeting in El Paso, Tex., and Juarez, Mex. The cups, which are alike in most particulars, were designed and supplied by A. H. Richards, a jeweler in El Paso, and made by Simons, Bro. & Co., Philadelphia.
Both cups bear the seal of the United States in raised relief on one side, while the reverse bears the seal of Mexico. In the inscribed name of the recipient alone do the cups differ—one bearing the words “President William Howard Taft, 1909,” and the other, “President Porfirio Diaz, 1909.” The bowl of the cups stand about seven inches high and are supported by a slender stem. Each is inscribed “Token of esteem and appreciation from the citizens of El Paso, Tex., in commemoration of the meeting between Porfirio Diaz, President of the United States of Mexico, and William Howard Taft, President of the United States of America. Oct 16, 1909, El Paso, Texas.”
The cups are graceful in their simplicity and are beautiful products of the jeweler’s and engraver’s arts. It is to be regretted that the photographs of these cups, which were courteously offered to The Jewelers Circular-Weekly by Mr. Richards, who made them, were not sufficiently clear to permit of their being produced.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 17th November 1909