SHOWN ABOVE :
TOT CUPS : William & Mary; Queen Anne with Jacobite Interest
TUMBLERS : William & Mary;
Queen Anne; and George III
"Tot cups" are small cups, usually footed as a beaker,
dram size - about 2 inches.
From c1670 to 1760, tot cups were handed to riders before
or after a hunt,
or as a "friendship
to riders at the beginning or end of a journey.
Early tot cups are relatively scarce.
"Tumblers" likewise date from the 17th century.
Hammered up from a single sheet of silver,
they were designed
with a heavier base so that the cup could right itself when
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.
Both small types of cups were meant to be emptied in a single draught.
Left to Right ( each image above is also linked ) :
William & Mary Silver Tot Cup, Ralph Leeke (Leake), London,
William & Mary Silver Tumbler Cup, London 1692, IC
in a shaped punch, a mullet below
Early George III Silver Tumbler, William Caldecott, London, 1764
Queen Anne Britannia Silver Tot Cup, Jacobite Interest, John Eckfourd (second letter
rubbed), London 1707-8
George III Silver Baluster Form Tumbler, Richard Cooke, London, 1810
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