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Title: 1965T321 Bickers - Nest of Cups
Description: 1965T321
Bickers - Nest of Cups, 1750-1900
Pinto Collection - Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.
Made in Scotland
This is a very rare nest of bickers made in Scotland in the 18th century. Bickers were traditional Scottish drinking vessels and as shown in this nest, they were made in a variety of sizes.It was said that a skilled craftsman was able to make a bicker using only a knife. It was made of alternate sycamore and alder staves which fitted together with a series of small feather like notches. The whole vessel was then held in place with willow bands which were carefully laced together. A dried pea was inserted into a false base in the largest bicker, so that the cup rattled when a top up was required.
Keywords:
19th Century
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18th Century
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Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
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Wood
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Pinto Collection
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Cup
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Turned
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Treen
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Social history
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Food and Drink
   
Usage Rights: Creative Commons 0 - Public Domain. Optional attribution: Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0