The maker's mark M over W is identified by H. Seling (Die Kunst der Augsburger Goldschmiede 1529-1868, Munich, III, no. 1671) as that of Marx Weinold, who died in 1700. Seling lists a number of animals including models of a cockerel, hare, and bear (op.cit., II, figs. 453, 457 and 458), all of which appear to date from the very end of this maker's life. A very similar mark, but with a pellet above and to the right of the M, is recorded on a beaker of 1710-12 and attributed to Marcus Wolf (Seling, op.cit. Supplement to III, no. 1817).
Stag-form cups, of all the various Augsburg animal form cups, appear to have continued to be the most popular well into the mid-eighteenth century (e.g. an example by Johann Wilhelm Dammann, 1749-1751, illustrated by Seling, op. cit., II, no. 996).