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Sterling Silver Marriage Cup or Wager Cup made in 1936


A fine hallmarked sterling silver marriage cup or wager cup.

Date 1936
Made By Birch & Gaydon
Location London
Stock Number W199x26

Out of stock

Maker: Birch & Gaydon

A fine hallmarked sterling silver marriage cup or wager cup.

The cup is in excellent condition and English made rather than the more common continental made ones.

The wager cup was originally created for use at wedding hence the alternative name of ‘marriage cup’ or ‘wedding cup. The groom would drink from the larger cup, (this cup is created by the lady’s voluminous skirt), and the bride would drink from the smaller cup (the one held above the figure’s head) – the intention being for both the bride and groom to empty the cups without letting a drop spill.  So steady hands were required.

Dimensions, height 13.75 cm.

Weight, 3.7 troy oz.

Birch & Gaydon

Birch & Gaydon were established as silversmiths in 1790, according to their own publicity – although the business appears to have begun with William Turner, a watchmaker, in c.1760, trading in Cornhill, London.  The business passed to William Birch in c.1840; Henry Gaydon joined the business in 1877 and it was renamed Birch & Gaydon.  The business was acquired by Asprey & Co in 1959.

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Delivery Charges:
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For Europe £30.00
For the rest of World £50.00
The charges are subject to change

About William Walter Antiques

At the heart of William Walter Antiques is our dedication to providing our customers with beautiful silver of supreme quality, which celebrates all that is precious about sterling silver. Customer service also being paramount, our long-standing, devoted staff team go above and beyond the call of duty for all our clients. We believe it is this combination of passion and commitment that has kept our customers with us for many years.

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