Royal Navy Rum Cup
At one point before the American Revolution, there were 22 rum distilleries in the city of Newport! Made by distilling the byproduct from sugarcane, molasses, it quickly became a popular spirit and prized commodity. Commonly drank at sea, a ship's purser would ration out the rum by 'tot' to individuals aboard.
This handmade copper and brass cup measures one 'tot' and features a crown and anchor for the Royal Navy. Slightly larger than today's standard 1 oz shot glass, this cup makes an interesting addition to one's bar as it not only serves as a measuring device, but conversation piece.