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Post by Clarehelen October 19th 2017, 6:22 pm

Hello, wondered if anyone had any ideas about this rather curious cup. It is silver plated and is marked 'Wolff Prateado' - I understand prateado is Portuguese for silver plated. I guess it dates to around the 1950s? The cup has two handles sticking out at right angles near the top of the cup. They run in a straight line, so from the side look like a spike sticking through the cup. One has a flared end, the other a pointed end. The handles are very strange. Does anyone have any idea what it is for?
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Post by denbydump October 19th 2017, 8:09 pm

A nice and unusual thing. Maybe some religious significance?
I was thinking along the lines of Christening cups etc.
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Post by Clarehelen October 19th 2017, 11:03 pm

Hello that is a possibility, although with that sharp point I certainly wouldn't want to give it to a baby or young child, so not sure about a Christening cup. Maybe some other religious use though - I'll see what I can find along these lines. Clare
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Post by Clarehelen October 19th 2017, 11:10 pm

Forgot to give measurements - it stands 1.75" tall, by 4.75" wide across the handles.
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Post by bluenote October 21st 2017, 11:53 pm

From your measurements its obviously tiny. I wonder it it was one of maybe half a dozen tot cups which could have been arranged in a circular fashion with the pointed part of the handle meeting in the centre. I can't help thinking the handles would probably have sat in some sort of cradle, possibly suspended over a heat source like a candle or spirit warmer. Is there any evidence on the base this might have happened. Equally though, from the size it could have been one of three pots from a cruet set.... just a couple of thoughts to mull over
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Post by dantheman October 21st 2017, 11:54 pm

could it be for bleeding?

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Post by Clarehelen October 22nd 2017, 12:28 pm

Some interesting ideas for me to pursue. No sign of an heat having been applied to the base, so I think the use of a heat source is unlikely. I'm going to have a look at bleeding bowls and tot cups - all a possibility.
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Post by bluenote October 22nd 2017, 12:49 pm

It could even be something as simple as a small egg cup with the handle to grasp at one end whilst the spike is used to lance the top off the egg? If so, I'd also say probably part of a set held on a carousel where the spikes lock into a central post/carrying handle
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Post by Clarehelen October 22nd 2017, 5:32 pm

Mystery solved! It appears it is something called a tipping jigger and is used to measure out tots of alcohol. The side pieces allow it to rest on top of a glass. Thanks for all the suggestions - I'll now go and measure a tot out for myself!
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Post by NaomiM October 22nd 2017, 10:00 pm

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Post by 22 Crawford St. October 22nd 2017, 10:54 pm

Is this a Scottish invention? as they are fiendishly clever when it comes to both money and alcohol. A Scot invented double entry book keeping I believe
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