Sterling Silver Cups

The sterling silver cup evolved from a similar kind of vessel popular throughout Eastern Europe called the beaker, which technically is taller than it is wide. Shot-sized beakers made from sterling silver were considered to be the vessel of choice for consuming vodka in Russia.

The earliest examples of sterling silver cups date back to the 15th century, when Scandinavians produced elegant beer steins. Over the next two centuries, the Germans and English developed their own varieties of beer tankards, which tended to be squatter and wider in nature. The German and English varieties of the 16th and 17th centuries most resemble those that we are familiar with today, and often included engraved scenes from The Bible or Greek mythology.

Sterling silver cups remain incredibly popular in America and throughout the world for their luster and white radiance as well as for their versatility. Most notably, sterling silver cups have been used throughout history as ceremonial keepsakes for corporate awards, gifts for infants, wine goblets, and sturdy silver beer tankers.


Quick Facts

  • The mint julep tumbler, a vessel designed for drinking the eponymous cocktail that is popular throughout the American South, is arguably the most renowned type of sterling silver cup
  • Sterling silver cups, especially those made by esteemed producers such as Tiffany & Co., routinely sell for hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars at auction
  • The cup presented by Titanic survivor Molly Brown to the captain of the rescue ship the Carpathia sold for more than $200,000 during a 2015 auction by Henry Aldridge & Son

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pair of Kendrick Silver Julep Cups
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Pair of Kendrick Silver Julep Cups
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$1909 Bids
A Transilvanian silver tankard
Oct 19, 10:00 AM CEST
A Transilvanian silver tankard
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €900- €1,800
€3,2007 Bids
BIER Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup, Israel
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
BIER Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup, Israel
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $50- $300
$1506 Bids
Mark Scearce LBJ Sterling Silver Shot/Jigger
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Mark Scearce LBJ Sterling Silver Shot/Jigger
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$806 Bids
S.B. Hall Nicholasville KY Coin Silver Julep
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
S.B. Hall Nicholasville KY Coin Silver Julep
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $400- $500
$2005 Bids
Four American Coin Silver Beakers
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
Four American Coin Silver Beakers
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$4004 Bids
A. SALAMON Sterling Silver Kiddish Cup
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
A. SALAMON Sterling Silver Kiddish Cup
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $200
$1254 Bids
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Early St Louis Silver Beaker
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Early St Louis Silver Beaker
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$1753 Bids
Five Continental Silver Beakers
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
Five Continental Silver Beakers
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$1003 Bids
Mark Scearce Sterling Silver JFK Julep Cup
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Mark Scearce Sterling Silver JFK Julep Cup
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $300- $350
$1503 Bids
A George II Silver Beaker
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A George II Silver Beaker
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$753 Bids
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Pair of Sterling Italian Chalices
Oct 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Pair of Sterling Italian Chalices
by New Haven Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$2503 Bids
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A pair of 1815 - 1830 period Belgian neoclassical silver candlesticks, H 33 - 33,3 cm/weight c. 1.120 g.
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
A pair of 1815 - 1830 period Belgian neoclassical silver candlesticks, H 33 - 33,3 cm/weight c. 1.120 g.
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €500- €800
€3002 Bids
An Indian Colonial Victorian Silver Brandy Warmer
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
An Indian Colonial Victorian Silver Brandy Warmer
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$752 Bids
Grp: 9 Russian Enameled Silver Flatware and Cups
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
Grp: 9 Russian Enameled Silver Flatware and Cups
by Revere Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1202 Bids
Two 19th C silver items, cup 4.40 cm. (1.73 in.)
Oct 18, 7:00 PM AEDT
Two 19th C silver items, cup 4.40 cm. (1.73 in.)
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD402 Bids
Two Silver Articles of Equestrian Interest
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
Two Silver Articles of Equestrian Interest
by Hindman
Est: $200- $300
$752 Bids
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Four English silver wall appliques, H 29 cm
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CEST
Four English silver wall appliques, H 29 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €800- €1,200
€5502 Bids
A George III Silver Chalice
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A George III Silver Chalice
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$752 Bids
An American Aesthetic Movement Silver Chalice
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
An American Aesthetic Movement Silver Chalice
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$1252 Bids
A Large Victorian Silver Chalice of Australian Interest
Oct 18, 10:00 AM CDT
A Large Victorian Silver Chalice of Australian Interest
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$1502 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Cups


Carlo Bonte Auctions

Carlo Bonte Auctions

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Hindman

Hindman

Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions