These cups are exactly the same shape as the sterling silver planished champagnes except they are not planished; they are silver plated and gilded on the inside. These straight sided cups are conical in shape and stack rim to rim which means they take up very little room in their case, so the case is smaller than the other champagne cup cases.
The cups hold 225 mls when full and stand 8cms high and the top has a diameter of 7.5 cms. As the cups stack so neatly, it is possible to get a good quantity of cups into a relatively short case so I can offer the option to have 8, 10, 12, 14 or 16 straight sided cups, all contained in one case which is very handy for larger parties.
All of our cups come with a handstitched case. We are rather proud of these as no one else makes such a quality case. Years ago I realised that the usual Jewellers type case was made to a price and just didn’t stand up to use.
The problem is that the cups are used in the field! This means that the dregs are left in the cups and these seep out onto the inside of the case during the rest of the day and by 6 o’clock ( surely not the next day ) it is impossible to wash off. The sloe gin has now penetrated the leather and the rot literally sets in – result – a disintegrating and horrible case that marks the plating on the cups.
The solution is to spend a bit of money on a lined case. Our Handstitcher uses a form of best Sedgewicks Bridle leather in Dark Havana and lines it with a contrasting pigskin ( usually green or havana brown ) with the finished side towards the cups – result – this case can be put under the tap and washed out with warm soapy water and each time the case comes up clean with no stickiness left. My own Sloe gin cup case is 20 years old and was the first one ( of many ) to made like this, to this day it is in remarkable condition and is very nearly perfect.
With each set of cups I include a double cleaning cloth together with cleaning instructions.
We usually block in gold ( silver also ) in 16 point ( 5 mm high ) Roman Engravers – capitals for initials and a combination of upper and lower case for Shoot names.
This size is discrete but clearly legible. Please discuss your requirements.
The cups are made in Birmingham and the case in our own workshop in the Scottish Borders.