Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Silver Family Cups

Silver Cups






When I was born my parents friends gave them a silver baby cup for me...unfortunately they spelled Ann with a "E"!



It is  Community Silver



My Mom also had a silver baby cup with "Jean" on it, her real name is Dorothy Jeanne, some people called her Jean, some called her Dorothy? She said when she went to school the teacher called her Dorothy...she said "who is that?" My cousins always called her Aunt Dorothy but her friends called her Jean. Her cup was always in the colonial desk with the hutch on top in the living room that she bought at her Grandparents furniture store. I have her baby book, so now I am curious to who gave the one to her?



It is Derby SP Company purchased int he 1920's




Now that last on is my husbands his has both his names on it, Robert Mark. I am not sure who bought it for him as a baby. But I had no idea he had it until we were getting married and moving his things. I found it in a upstairs bathroom....he was using it to rinse when brushing his teeth! It was black and probably had not been cleaned in 20 yrs. I was so glad to find it and now it has a place of honor.



His is Gorham



Here is where they are kept, in a living room corner curio.
I love the idea of having the three of them together.
I still give silver baby cups as a gift even though I think the custom is pretty much gone. My girlfriend collects old baby cups and she and her family drink out of them for Christmas with their punch. When I pick one up her I wonder about the person the cup belonged to. Why are they not treasured as much as I do mine? Well, one day my 3 may end up at a auction or antique store someday since I don't have children. So someday will someone wonder....."who was Anne?"

Joining Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingie Thursday
http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/2011/01/vintage-thingie-thursday-vintage-salt.html

15 comments:

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Ann,
I never new your Mom's full name until you started your blog. I, of course, always new her as Jean. Did your Dad call her Jean or Dorothy?
Love the cups!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

p.s. for got the "k" on new :)

Tete said...

We never did this and I think it's cool! I don't have a silver cup or spoon. I had a baby ring, and so did my sister. They are in my dad's jewelry box.

Ann said...

Robin, my Dad called her Jean but I think later in life...early on he called her Dorothy. That is why she wanted easy names u could not change for Mark and I

Pam said...

Love the story of each cup. I have one that belonged to my friend when she was a baby. She gave it to my son when he was born. I must get it out and display it.

Thanks for sharing.

Coloradolady said...

These are so sweet! I have mine too, it says Lisa, and it is my first name, but my mom called me by my middle name....haha. Happy VTT!

Rebecca said...

I do hope they never end up at an auction(I worry about that too). Hopefully there will be another you in your family. I'm still trying to figure out which one of my nieces/nephews will be like me. My sister would throw away everything or sell it. We're complete opposites!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I have both of my grandmothers baby cups. One is silver and one is china. I also have my mom's and my daughters. I too love to given a silver cup or spoon to new moms.

very merry vintage style said...

I love this post! I never had a silver cup that I know of but my son has one he received as a gift and I pick them up at the thrift store now and then. None have been engraved that I have found. How wonderful that you have things and that you treasure them so.

PS--I am looking forward to seeing your 1860s contribution to my vintage Valentine party--now that's a vintage Valentine!

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

What lovely cups! They are a true treasure. Blessings, Debbie

Pam said...

That's amazing that you have all those baby cups. I love that your husband was going to use it in the bathroom. Sounds like my husband.

LV said...

These are true vintage silver cups. You are fortunate to have them. They are real treasures.

Tara Beaulieu said...

We were gifted a silver cup for our oldest son and it sits up in the cupboard with my crystal vases, coming out for the occasional polishing. My younger two never received silver, but they do have special porcelain baby cups. Yours are in wonderful condition and look lovely all together. Visiting from Vintage Thingie Thursday today!

Anna said...

They are beautiful and make for such a unique vignette.

Honey at 2805 said...

These are a real treasure!