Antique Glass Punch Cups
Antique Glass Punch Cups are small cups which are used to serve punch.
History & Description
Punch originally comes from India and was brought to England in the early-seventeenth century by the employees and sailors of the British East India Company. The original drink was called paantsch, which in Hindi means “five”. This is because the original punch was made of five ingredients; a spirit, lemon, water, sugar and spices or tea.
Upon its arrival in the west, punch quickly became a popular drink. It was usually served in elaborately decorated ceramic or silver punch bowls which came with small, handled cups.
Guide for collectors
The most valuable examples of antique glass punch cups sold at auction are those that come with a matching glass punch bowl and prices can exceed thousands of dollars. For example, an American sterling cut glass punch bowl and nine glass punch cups was sold through Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, California for $7,000 in June 2010.
Prices for antique glass punch cups without the punch bowl, however, are considerably less expensive. An item’s value is determined by its condition, age and maker’s mark and prices tend to range between $100 and $300. However, pieces can be purchased for as little as $5.
Collectors should look out for antique glass punch cups that were made by some of the premier glass manufactures, such as Fenton, Moser and Waterford.
Notable auction sales
On October 3rd 2008 at Garth’s Auction Inc. in Delaware, Ohio, a set of eight Moser glass punch cups realised a price of $300.
On September 4th 2004 at Doyle New York Auctions in New York, a set of twelve cut glass punch cups realised a price of $300.
On February 16th 2008 at DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan, a L. C. Tiffany gold favrile glass punch cup, circa 1909, realised a price of $400.