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Monday, October 22, 2012

Silver Baby Cups


The gift of a silver baby cup to a newborn is a lovely tradition dating back to Colonial times. There are several theories as to how this tradition got started including religious symbolism, health reasons or good wishes for future prosperity. 


 I was lucky enough to find this baby cup last week while out thrifting for less than $3. 

I was doubly thrilled when upon polishing an initial "C" was revealed. I love to find vintage items with my monogram!

I have a small collection of baby cups and toothpick holders. The cups are silverplate but the toothpick holders are all sterling silver. You can occasionally find these for very affordable prices, I never pay more than $15-20.

I keep my collection on a silver tray on my bathroom counter filled with toiletry items.So simple and so pretty!

9 comments :

  1. I love seeing these wonderful silver pieces being used for a new purpose! ~ Maureen

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  2. Beautiful silver baby cups. I always love silver and the monogram is very special.

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  3. I recently was going through my silver to sort, polish, and store in bags. I came upon my own engraved baby cup and matching spoon (the same shape as the one in the pic above). I remember getting it out to use with my son when he was learning to drink from a cup. Silver conducts whatever is in it, so it is impractical to use. Juice or koolaid just made the cup too cold to hold, for example. I guess I will just have a keepsake for when he has children! Thanks for bringing back a precious memory.

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  4. Beautiful silver baby cups. I have a couple and they're so cute, with monograms and all, one is hubby's and the other a gift for my first daughter when she was born. I love the way you put them to use, just lovely. Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  5. Love your collection. These are so hard to find. You are using them so cleverly. Great tray. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

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  6. Hi Karee, I love your area of AZ. We were in Chandler a few years ago and I really enjoyed the market areas and also antique shops. Love giving silver baby cups, too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful items. Helen

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  7. Great collection of small silver pieces - love the baby cups. I will now have to go and dig out mine to display.

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  8. What a sweet collection you have! I have my son's baby cup and I keep it in the china cabinet. Maybe I should look for a couple more and set up a little vignette with the spoons. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful weekend. {Love your toile background!}

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. Love your idea of using the baby cups for toiletry items. I think I'm going to go work on a tray for our bath. I have a few baby cups and my husband's shaving mug from his grandfather. ~ Sarah
    PS
    I so enjoy your blog. ;-)

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