Smoking, drinking and the British sweet tooth

Loving cup

Made in Staffordshire, 1740-1760
Red stoneware with applied relief decoration

Object number 18.29/1
Given by Francis Buckley, 1929

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Loving cup

During the 1700s, punch became a fashionable social drink, often served in large communal cups and bowls such as this ceramic loving cup decorated with fruiting vines. Punch was a particularly sweet drink and this was one of the many fashions that relied on sugar from the Caribbean.

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