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Overall: 13.8 x 10.2 cm (5 7/16 x 4 in.)
Gift of Cyril Irwin Nelson in devoted memory of his grandparents Guerdon Stearns and Elinor Irwin Holden 2004.1002.b
As an adaptation of a popular 18th-century form of American silver, this caudle cup represents the Colonial Revival taste of the early 20th century.
This covered cup is an adaptation of an 18th-century vessel used to serve caudle, which was a hot drink that was made in various guises throughout British cuisine from the Middle Ages into Victorian times. It was thick and sweet and seen as particularly suitable and sustaining for invalids and new mothers. At some periods of history, caudle recipes were based on milk and eggs, like eggnog.
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