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Product: 19th Century StyleTin Cups
are very reminiscent of the early 19th Century French style cups. They appear to be tin and are soldered
with seams along all of the joints. They are very solid and have obviously seen lots of use as the
saddles will attest! These have survived the test of time.
They do appear to have had a plating on at some point, perhaps
chrome. I was told when I aquired these that there was some speculation as to whether these were
originally silver plated which I seriously doubted at the time.
However, recently on eBay a set appeared
with a similar finish that also claimed to be silver plated. The cups in question fetched a fair price,
perhaps because of their provenance. The cups in question belonged to Herb Zarrow.
While the cups on eBay were of a different size, manufacture (they
were clearly spun and not soldered), the finish was simliar so perhaps, at one point these were indeed silver
plated. Who knows?
I have seen a set of similar shape and style cups in brass which
the owner swears he bought from Davenports many years ago so perhaps that may be a clue to their
These cups are perfectly servicable and
wonderful to work with. While they have a more traditional shape to them which limits the attic space and
saddle display this doesn't matter a great deal if you don't want more than 1 ball nested or
have a few routines I perform some which do require a larger saddle and attic space and some which don't. I let
each set of cups talk to me and get a feel of the routine "they" like to do.
While the saddle also
limits you with moves such as the elevator and galloping post etc, the great thing about the tapered shape and
smaller saddle is that final loads look much larger on them, such as the (rather small) Ammar Fab Fruit
Overall I love these cups, aside form having some sentimental
value I actually love their age, their weather-beaten feel and the way they handle. I am currently
working with the smaller Mike Rogers baseballs and Ammar lemons but I am looking for some tan (or faded red)
leather monkey fists to set them off. These are keepers!
Outer Mouth Bead
Inner Depth (to centre of dip in saddle)
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