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    Posted 7 years ago

    kanukster
    (63 items)

    Not totally positive about this item but I believe it's a old mariners rum ration cup made out of silver. Stamped on the bottom , "S. Rockford S. Co." which is Sheets Rockford Silverplate Co. from Rockford Ill. Engraved on front is, " Rolla N. Dak." which refers to Rolla, North Dakota. The serpent for a handle makes me believe it might be a mariners cup. It measures about 2" x 1 1/4". Any thoughts?

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    1. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 7 years ago
      I have the same cup or tankard, that I purchased quite a few years ago in Idaho. Mine has a mountan scene with a tee pee ingraved on it. I always thought it was a souvenir toothpick holder. Anyway thats what I use mine for.
    2. kanukster kanukster, 7 years ago
      Thanks rocker-sd, it seems pretty small for a ration cup. Perhaps it was just a souvenir item from Rolla?
    3. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 7 years ago
      I think so, no oceans anywhere close to North Dakota, to have a mariner tie. Toothpick holders were a popular souvenir around the 1900's because of their small size.

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