Identify This Drinking Vessel!

Identify This Drinking Vessel!

This antique was unearthed on a visit to Texas and dates back to at least the late 1800s. But what is it? What was it used for? About 4 inches tall, it looks like an egg cup for a quail egg or a tiny wine decanter… but neither of these seems to fit. Photo below, with a billiard ball shown for scale.

Ideas on what it is? Post ’em here.

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  1. Travis Webster on April 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    It’s a whiskey chaser, which is molded in such a way that a shot of whiskey can float on two ounces of water. Pretty awesome, really.

  2. Adam on April 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    At the liquor store I work at we’ve always called them boilermaker glasses. I’ve recently been suggesting it be used for a Pickleback shot.

  3. Christopher Null on April 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks Travis — the original Sliz cup, I guess!

  4. Dan on April 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Also called Quaffers. Had one in college, definitely a novelty item.

  5. Boozeblogger on April 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Actually, that’s from my bachelor party Christopher. It came free with the 7-layer rainbow shot at the Dave & Buster’s bar. Mine even has a logo.

  6. Duke E. on April 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I hate to bring non-booze matters into this, but that might not be a drinking vessel at all. It might be a glass eye wash cup — the sort of thing used to wash dangerous chemicals out of one’s eye at that time.

  7. CZ on April 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

    The booze stores by me always called them “double bubbles”… which as mentioned before has the chaser in the larger lower portion and the shot in the upper smaller portion. Makes it so the shot comes out pretty much untainted and the chaser quickly follows.

  8. JW on March 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I have two of these previously owned by my parents, probably purchased in the 1940’s or 1950’s. I was told they were boilermaker glasses, beer in the bottom, whiskey on top. Mine are of thinner glass.

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