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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Drinking Vessel

In 16th century England the poor drunk from wooden cups whilst the middle classes drunk from pewter vessels. Drinking glasses were being introduced from Venice for the very rich.

Before the arrival of the white man, American Indians carved buffalo horns to make drinking vessels.

At the turn of the eighteenth century, a cylindrical, drinking vessel with a hinged lid for ale or beer, was widely being used in colonial America and also Britain, Germany and Scandinavia. On the handles of many of these tankards were whistles that were baked into their rims or handles. When the customer needed a refill, they blew the whistle to be served. The phrase “wet your whistle” comes from this. 

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