M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
William & Mary Silver Tot
Ralph Leeke (Leake), London, c1695
Of heavy gauge silver, the small footed and girdled cup bearing the
marriage arms of a Continental Marquis;
Marked verso : within a shield, RL a trefoil below, and a lion passant;
Interior and upper edge with remains of gilt
"Tot cups" are small drinking vessels,
sometimes with a single handle, or handleless, in beaker form.
They are usually footed and dram size (about two inches).
Tot cups are said to be predecessors of the later Georgian "stirrup cups" -
so popular in both silver and ceramic from the mid-18th century forward.
Tot cups, like stirrup cups, were likely handed to riders before or after a hunt,
and meant to be drunk without putting the vessel down.
Provenance : Upon Request
Condition : Excellent; good marks; normal wear
2-3/8" High / 3 oz.
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