Art Deco silver child's cup

Art Deco silver child's cup


Particularly good quality Art Deco period silver child's cup with an understated ribbed decoration around the rim; a design also reflected in the base. This silver cup is made of a heavy gauge silver and has a nicely stylised, cast, c-shaped handle. Childrens' silver cups don't need to be confined to children. They are excellent for adults drinking Champagne or whiskey.

An ever-popular christening gift, children's silver mugs have been around for several centuries. A lidless drinking vessel with a handle, a silver child's mug was traditionally used for serving hot drinks. Silver was the preferred material because it kept the drink hot and did not taint its taste. Small mugs were made specifically for children and some 18th century boarding schools listed a mug as a mandatory item that a boy should take to school.

Most early examples of children's mugs are of a plain baluster shape, designed for their sturdiness and practicality, and in the 1760s a barrel-shaped design appeared, often simply decorated with engraved hoops. By the mid-19th century, ornate Victorian mugs emerged featuring exuberant floral and foliate decoration, elaborate engraving sometimes referencing nursery rhymes or traditional fables, and later the inclusion of gothic style cues too.

Although Art Nouveau and Art Deco silver children's mugs can be found, most made in the 20th century are recreations of popular styles of the past.


Height 75 mm / 3 14"
Diameter 70 mm / 3"
Weight 168 g (5.40 troy ozs)