Cocktail Cup

Cocktail Cup

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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.
Object Name
cup, cocktail
date made
1924 - 1925
used date
1920 - 1950
Bernard Rice's Sons, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
place used
United States: Maryland, Mount Victoria
Physical Description
nickel silver, electroplated (overall material)
cup, stemmed: 12.3 cm x 8 cm; 4 13/16 in x 3 1/8 in
overall: 5 in x 3 1/8 in; 12.7 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Martha M. Patrick
Food Culture
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
Family & Social Life
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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