Miniature cranberry glass punch cup, c.1890

This diminutive hand-blown ribbed cranberry glass punch cup has an applied clear glass handle and polished bottom. I purchased it about a year ago from a dealer in the UK who thought it was made in Bohemia around the turn of the 19th century. Standing just a mere 1-1/2″ tall, it is one of the smallest examples in my collection. It would have been a part of a larger set, including a punch bowl, ladle and up to 12 matching cups. After this cup broke, a tinker very carefully bore eight minute holes through the sides of the glass, using a drill bit covered in diamond dust, and attached four 1/4″ long metal staples. These are some of the smallest staples I have ever seen. It must have taken nimble hands and years of experience to repair this tiny gem.





This elaborate cranberry glass punch set with gilt decoration, made by Moser, would originally have had a dozen matching cups and an undertray.


Photo courtesy of Live Auctioneers

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6 Responses to “Miniature cranberry glass punch cup, c.1890”

  1. Diane says:

    Just adorable! I especially enjoy the staple repairs. And a tiny one, couldn’t be better!

  2. CarolR says:

    Wow! So tiny and beautiful! I love the staples, too.

  3. Larry Terricone says:

    Now that is a work of art. Does anyone do that kind of work today?

  4. imogen88 says:

    Gosh, that is just gorgeous. I always am amazed people see these things were worth repairing and it only adds to their charm to have them in the world now.

  5. sheila staddon says:

    hi just found your site and it’s very interesting! I’ve recently acquired a couple of pieces of porcelain with the staple repair, and wondered if you have any information regarding when they stopped doing this? neither of my pieces have makers marks so I cannot identify them the usual way thanks

  6. Mike Signy says:

    Harrods in London were still employing two repairers to staple pottery and porcelain as late as 1960.

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