Silver tumbler cup made in Edinburgh

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Postcard of Silver tumbler cup made in Edinburgh.
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Silver tumbler cup made in Edinburgh

Tumbler cups got their name because their rounded base let them 'tumble' back up if they were knocked over. This silver example, dated 1687-8, was made in Edinburgh by James Penman.

The cup is undecorated but the large initials 'EM' are engraved on the base.

Penman was a prominent figure in the City of Edinburgh and in the Incorporation of Goldsmiths. His excellent craftsmanship skills were passed on to three of his apprentices - Henry Bethune, Colin McKenzie and Thomas Ker - who all became fine craftsmen.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-148-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEQ 1471
Date: 1687 - 1688
Material: Silver. Inscription: P [in a heart-shaped punch, rubbed]; castle; B [script, in a shaped punch]; g; on base: EM [large initials]
Dimensions: 64 mm H x 86 mm D
What: Cup, tumbler
Subject: Gold and silver (NMAS Classification)
Who: James Penman, Edinburgh (Silversmith)
John Borthwick, assay master
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Plain, straight-sided silver tumbler cup with a rounded base, by James Penman, Edinburgh, 1687 - 1688, inscribed "EM" on the base in large letters
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