Cocktail Cup

Description
This set of eight stemmed cups accompanied the cocktail shaker also seen in the exhibit. They feature the same hammered effect and are made of silver. The cups are noticeably worn, perhaps from extensive use during Prohibition, a time when alcohol was outlawed in the name of social reform. Although making, selling, and transporting alcohol were illegal consuming it was not, and people devised many ways to continue this pastime.
date made
1924 - 1925
used date
1920 - 1950
maker
Bernard Rice's Sons, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
place used
United States: Maryland, Mount Victoria
Physical Description
nickel silver, electroplated (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 7/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 12.3825 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
1980.0954.05
accession number
1980.0954
catalog number
1980.0954.05
Credit Line
Gift of Martha M. Patrick
subject
Beverages
Cocktails
Drinking
Food Culture
Prohibition
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
Family & Social Life
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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