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Shotglasses on Film
A "toy tumbler" is a small glass that was sold as a child's toy -- a glass made for playing "house" with a doll or teddy bear, made to serve water or lemonade. In the days before toys were made out of plastic, children were allowed to play with things that were made out of glass. These glasses usually came in a set that included a tiny pitcher. The sets are regularly seen as children's toys and sold that way. As with most breakable objects, the entire set often does not survive, and the remaining glasses make their way onto shelves marked as shotglasses.
Many of these "toy tumblers" come from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, so the style of the glass often mimics a fancy cut glass pattern. Because they are so old, and were "played with" they often have small chips missing from their base or their rim. Also, since they were made as toys, the workmanship may not be as good as it would be on an "adult" glass of the period.
The shotglass has its origin at the beginning of the 20th century. Manufacturing processes that made glassware inexpensive probably played a part. Prohibition helped kill the thin-sided "pre-prohibition sample glass." Soon after these stopped being made, the more sturdy, thick-walled shotglass appears. Perhaps bartenders and/or owner of places that served alcohol had been using the free glasses and liked them. When the free ones were no longer available they had to pay for a similar glass, and since they were spending their own money on them, they wanted something that would last, and started using thicker glasses.
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One of the odd things about the new glasses is that the Norway glass, while similar in design to the rest of the countries, is at least twice as large as the other glasses. Also, while in the past you could purchase a glass for Sweden and Denmark at the Norway pavillion, there are no other countries represented with the new design. Both the China and Japan pavillions did not have glasses in the previous, flared design, and they do not have the latest design either. They both still have an older "standard" shaped glass.
While researching this I had found one attempt at creating an "official" definition for a shot in a State (the state of New York tried to legislate the minimum size of a shot in 1947), but the bill was not passed. The next closest thing was a law in South Carolina that required the use of mini bottles (at first 1.5 ounces, and later 1.7 ounces) -- no shotglasses or free pours allowed. This was repealed a few years ago. In March of this year, the state of Utah changed their definition of a shot from one ounce to one and one half ounces. As far as I can tell, Utah is the only state with a current law.
Over the years, there have been a couple of different sets of glasses available at Epcot. These sets usually have the flag of the country along with the name of the country. There are often more than eleven glasses in the set, as glasses from Finland and Sweden are available in Norway, while Nothern Ireland, Scotland and Wales glasses are available at the United Kingdom pavillion. These sets are specific to Epcot.
There are occasionally other shotglasses available at the pavillions, usually representing some part of the host country. This year there was a set at the China pavillion that I just had to buy. They have created a set of 38 shotglasses to commemorate the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. There is one glass for each of the sports. I have many Olympic shotglasses, but I have never seen a set with this many glasses.
My usual answer to this question is that metal cups are easy to make on a small scale, and they often have no maker's mark on them, so their origin is difficult to determine. So even if I had the item in front of me, I might not be able to determine where (or when) it was made. Trying to identify an object from a movie is almost impossible.
Well, I decided to use some of my knowledge of the theater and movie making, and see if I could find out more. Asking somebody to remember a small prop from a movie made over a dozen years ago is quite a longshot, but as it turns out, I was able to contact someone from the the production who remembers the cup. If a prop comes from the property department (props) they will have more than one, just in case one gets lost or damaged. This cup stood out because there were no replacements, so when it went missing, it HAD to be found. Most likely this cup was picked up in Santa Fe by Val Kilmer himself, and he brought it to the set.
Anybody in Santa Fe want to start checking out the local metalsmiths?
In the previous paragraph I mentioned insurance. In general, insurance for shotglasses is a waste of money (although some people think that a package marked as insured will get better treatment.) In order to make a claim, you need the small, green insurance receipt, and most shippers do not put it in the box. If you have the receipt, and wish to make a claim, you need an independent book or guide that identifies the glass and provides a value. Very few glasses can be identified this way.flee your Kindle also, or ago a FREE Kindle Reading App. find you for your knowledge. 35th corner nationality had a heat Living functions Nationally no. I think it is ' Edited by Bill Bryson '.
I am in the process of trying to come up with guidelines for dating a glass
based on the shape of the glass, and what the maker's mark on the base of the
glass looks like. I am trying to determine the earliest use of a particular
style of glass and the range of dates that a particular maker's mark was in use.
For example, the Libbey Glass Company recently changed the base of their glasses
-- The main mark is still a script upper-case L but the "mold numbers" are now
below the letter, while prior to 1998 they were to the left of the letter.
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