M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
GEORGE I SILVER TOT CUP
London, 1724, Maker's Mark Partially Struck
The small ogee bowl of good gauge silver,
raised a circular cyma recta foot,
the lower body scratch initialled 'AP 1723' :
The maker's mark partially stuck next to the footrim, possibly including an "A" :
"Tot cups" are small cups, usually footed as a beaker,
and dram ("mouthful") size - about 2 inches.
From about 1670 to 1760, these cups were often handed to riders before or after a hunt,
or as a "friendship or parting cup" to riders at the beginning or end of a journey.
Tot cups are the predecessor of the George III "stirrup cups",
and likewise meant to be drunk without putting the vessel down.
However, most have a small foot, and sometimes a handle.
Early silver tot cups of any form are scarce, if not rare.
Condition : Existing marks good; a tiny dent to the footrim
two small cracks and splits in the rim (seen under magnification);
good patination appropriate to age and usage
2" High / 1.75" Wide / 1.1oz.
Tot Cup Interior
Three Early Georgian Silver Tot Cups (Left to Right) :
Scarce Early George II Silver "Tot Cup", Thomas Parr II, London, 1730
Scarce Early George II Silver 'Tot Cup', William Paradise, London, 1732
Scarce George I Silver 'Tot Cup', 1724, Scratch-Initialled 'AP 1723'
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