Cups-Miscellaneous

CUPS-CUSTARD (Flared Rim, Straight Line Border)

Description:  These small, straight line border cups probably were used for many purposes: custard, sauces, soup, garnishes, condiments, berries. They are interesting as they have flat unglazed bottoms, flared rims and a complete Canton scene around their outsides. They are made of thin porcelain and the sides are translucent.

The two pictured here are the only ones we have personally seen and we consider them very rare. Herbert Schiffer does picture one on page 86 of his 1975 book and calls it a "berry bowl".

CUPS-CUSTARD (Tapered, Straight Line Border, Handleless)

Description:  These simple cups have been generally called "Custard Cups" over the years. However, Herbert Schiffer called them "Beakers-Mugs" and shows a pair of them on page 129 of his 1975 book.  We prefer to call them custard cups as beakers are generally associated with laboratories and Canton mugs are straight sided. Custard cups are tapered, do not have handles, have straight line borders inside, are thin, delicate and translucent. The bottoms are glazed.

CUPS-EGG

Description:  Here are 15 Egg Cups, they range in height from 2 1/4" to 2 7/8". See the shortest & tallest in the 3rd picture. They range in weight from 1.5 oz. to 3 oz. All but three have rain cloud borders, all have swastika like symbols on their pedestals, Herbert Schiffer said these symbols appeared on 17th century Chinese porcelain. All but one has a blue ring on the inside of the cups. Some are well decorated (see next to last picture picture) and one has the very late flag decoration (see last picture).

CUPS-SYLLABUB (Loop Handles, Ball Knob)

Description: Syllabub cups are divided into two categories on two pages: this page covers late cups with loop handles and ball knobs. The other category is the rare large and scarce small early twisted handled cups with berry knob tops. Here are 4 of the more common syllabubs. All the cups here are mid 19th Century to late 19th Century. The 4 cups have glazed bottoms and the decoration is well done.

CUPS-SYLLABUB (Twisted Handles, Berry Knob)

Description: Syllabub cups are divided into two categories on two pages: this page covers early twisted handled cups with berry knob tops. The other category are late cups with loop handles and ball knobs. Also, on this page the cups are divided between rare extra large cups and the more common regular size cups. All the cups here are early to mid 19th Century cups. The large cups here have pedestal bases. All cups have glazed bottoms and the decoration is well done.  The tops of the large cups are somewhat flat compared to the more domed look of the smalls.