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"Tot cups" are small cups, usually footed as a beaker, and dram size - about 2 inches.

From about 1670 to 1760, these were often handed to riders before or after a hunt,

or as a "friendship or parting cup" to riders at the beginning or end of a journey

Tot cups are the predecessor of the later "stirrup cups", and likewise

meant to be drunk without putting the vessel down. 

Early tot cups are also relatively scarce. 

We are delighted to offer these two very early cups, one with Jacobite interest.

For a larger image of the grouping above, click here .




William & Mary Silver Tot Cup

Ralph Leeke (Leake), London, c1695

Marked verso :

within a shield, RL, a trefoil below, and a lion passant

Footed and girdled;

Bearing the marital arms of a Continental Marquis

Interior and upper edge later gilt

2-3/8" High / 3 oz.



Queen Anne Britannia Silver Tot Cup

Jacobite Interest

John Eckfourd (second letter rubbed), London 1707-8

with cast spreading foot and loop handle; gilt interior;

Crested : on a chapeau, a bull's head, spotted

(Baron Widdrington)

above the inscription : Joye sans fin / Hoc age

2-3/8" High / 2.7 oz.




Tumblers also date from the 17th century. 

Hammered up from a single sheet of silver,

they were designed so that the above spillage

would not occur when a pretty face momentarily distracted a gentleman.

Its heavier base would cause the cup to right itself when knocked,

thus preserving both the drink - and the dignity.

These early small "drinking cups" were first popular at colleges,

and meant to be emptied in a single draught. 

17th century examples were usually shallower and wider that those of the 18th century.

However, the basic form remained about the same for 150 years.




William & Mary Silver Tumbler Cup

London 1692, IC in a shaped punch, a mullet below;

Of quite large size and heavy  weight,

Bearing arms for the family of Rogers (Rodgers, Roger)

(See detail page for more on Rogers families)

2.75" High x 3.25" Diameter / 4.8 oz.



Queen Anne Britannia Silver Tumbler Cup

London, 1711, Maker's Mark Rubbed or Poorly Struck

Heavy gauge, in the 17th century squat manner,

Verso engraved with owners' initials G over S * A

Without crests or removals;

1.75" High x 2.75" Wide / 2 oz.




Early George III Silver Tumbler Cup

William Caldecott, London, 1764

Of quite heavy gauge silver

 with good crisp marks;

Gilded to the interior and

without monogram or removal

2.5" High x 2-5/8" Wide / 2.8 oz.


George III Silver Baluster-Form Tumbler Cup

Richard Cooke, London 1810

Of heavy gauge silver and unusual form,

he base well weighted;

Crested : an eagle displayed with two heads arg.

Fairbairnes 74.2

2.75" High x 2.5" Wide / 3.2 oz.







  2019 New & Incoming Catalog







  In March 2015, a week at Christie's NY was devoted to the miraculous collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth. 

The preface of the catalog remarked how beautifully and intricately he

blended Chinese, English and Continental furniture and decorations. 

However their final tribute to Mr. Ellsworth was this :

"Needless to say, the only thing he did not blend or mix was his bourbon,

drunk from a Queen Anne tumbler cup - unless you count the ice,"


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Millicent Creech


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