The origins of these cups are 'Jungfraubecher' made in Germany (Nuremberg) around 1565 and in use for all of the 17th
century. The cup has the look of a young girl with a wide long skirt in the form of a cup supporting over
her head a smaller swivelling cup.
The silver wager cup was created for use in wedding banquets, where the spouse drank wine from the bigger cup and
offered his bride to drink from the smaller, avoiding pouring out even a drop of its content.
The production of cups in this form was resumed at the end of 19th century (particularly in Germany and
Holland) for export to UK and USA, not for wedding but for wager use.
The wager cup is frequently found in Holland but also made in England, in the form of a
standing woman (or, rarely, a man) with upraised arms which hold the side handles of a small gimbal-type
drinking cup that swivel in a bracket frame. The woman's wide skirt is a fixed cup upside down.
This is a little silver wager cup of recent production (dedication date is 6-4-66) in the form of
a tightly bodiced 17th century woman, wearing a full skirt, holding branches from which is suspended a
The cup bears Reed & Barton hallmark and is 3 1/2 in. high (cm. 9)
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