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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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STERLING SILVER BEAKER BY HESTER BATEMAN.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
STERLING SILVER BEAKER BY HESTER BATEMAN.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $300
$2759 Bids
GEORG JENSEN Ensemble de 6 coupes
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
GEORG JENSEN Ensemble de 6 coupes
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €300- €600
€1207 Bids
SUITE DE 24 TIMBALES, ANGLETERRE
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
SUITE DE 24 TIMBALES, ANGLETERRE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €1,200- €2,400
€2006 Bids
GIANMARIA BUCCELLATI Paire de coupes
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
GIANMARIA BUCCELLATI Paire de coupes
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €150- €300
€905 Bids
A set of twelve American sterling silver Trianon goblets, International SIlver Co., Meriden, CT, 20th century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
A set of twelve American sterling silver Trianon goblets, International SIlver Co., Meriden, CT, 20th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,2005 Bids
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER AND ENAMEL THREE HANDLED CUP
Feb 24, 10:00 AM EST
RUSSIAN GILT SILVER AND ENAMEL THREE HANDLED CUP
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$504 Bids
Vintage Preisner Sterling Silver Goblets 7"
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Preisner Sterling Silver Goblets 7"
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$64 Bids
SET OF SIX STERLING SILVER WINE GOBLETS
Feb 27, 6:00 PM PST
SET OF SIX STERLING SILVER WINE GOBLETS
by O'Gallerie
Est: $300- $400
$2003 Bids
A fine Belgian silver chalice by E. Vandenhoutte Anderlecht
Feb 27, 10:00 AM CET
A fine Belgian silver chalice by E. Vandenhoutte Anderlecht
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Est: €400- €500
€4203 Bids
(22 Pc) American Sterling Silver Demitasse Cups & Saucers
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
(22 Pc) American Sterling Silver Demitasse Cups & Saucers
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $50- $500
$2003 Bids
GIANMARIA BUCCELLATI Paire de coupelles de table
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
GIANMARIA BUCCELLATI Paire de coupelles de table
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €150- €300
€803 Bids
GEORG JENSEN
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
GEORG JENSEN
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €300- €600
€103 Bids
REINHOLD RÜHL, NUREMBERG ca. 1690
Feb 28, 10:30 AM CET
REINHOLD RÜHL, NUREMBERG ca. 1690
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€202 Bids
(7 Pc) American Sterling Silver Items
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
(7 Pc) American Sterling Silver Items
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$502 Bids
STERLING MUG WITH CHASED DECORATION.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
STERLING MUG WITH CHASED DECORATION.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
STERLING MUG.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
STERLING MUG.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$602 Bids
Baldwin and Miller Sterling Silver Cordials
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Baldwin and Miller Sterling Silver Cordials
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$252 Bids
A Set of Twelve American Silver Goblets
Feb 21, 10:00 AM EST
A Set of Twelve American Silver Goblets
by Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$8002 Bids
Group Lot of Silver Items
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Group Lot of Silver Items
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
3 American Coin Silver Mugs
Feb 22, 11:00 AM EST
3 American Coin Silver Mugs
by Willow Auction House
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Set of 8 Sterling Weighed Cordials
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Set of 8 Sterling Weighed Cordials
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Cups


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Accademia Fine Art

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Hannam's Auctioneers

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Auktionshaus Plückbaum

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