Cocktail Cup


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 - 1925Used Date: 1920 - 1950

Maker: Bernard Rice's Sons, Inc.

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityPlace Used: United States: Maryland, Mount Victoria

Subject: BeveragesCocktailsDrinkingFood CultureProhibition


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Family & Social Life, American Enterprise, Domestic Furnishings

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

Credit Line: Gift of Martha M. Patrick

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0954.03Accession Number: 1980.0954Catalog Number: 1980.0954.03

Object Name: cup, cocktail

Physical Description: nickel silver, electroplated (overall material)Measurements: cup, stemmed: 12.5 cm x 8.1 cm; 4 15/16 in x 3 3/16 inoverall: 5 in x 3 1/8 in; 12.7 cm x 7.9375 cm


Record Id: nmah_315997

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