Ladies and Gents….nip glasses

50s graduated shot glassesGraduated shot glasses
made in Melbourne, Australia c.1950s

This fantastic set of graduated glasses –with nips based on your particular gender [or species] – came from an old country pub in Melbourne. The glasses would have been considered novelty when they were first made and used- as they are now.

The gilt rim on some of the glasses is a little worn- obviously from the previous drinkers / pigs. I didn’t know pigs liked shots, but then I am a city girl. Apart from the rim, the hand-painted glasses are in perfect nick. [Zoom in on the image to see what sixty-plus years of hard nip drinking will do to a gilt edge.]

Whatever! It’s unusual to find a set of four glasses together and even better that the Australian provenance is known.

This set of shot glasses are for sale: $AUD60

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Happy New Year!

50s graduated nip glassesHappy New Year!

Graduated nip glasses
made in Melbourne, Australia 1950s

I can almost forgive the sexist nature of these pub nip glasses- where women get to have substantially smaller drinks than men- due to the cute illustrative nature of the pigs. And those glamorous gilt edges.

These glasses were made specifically for a pub in Melbourne, and have been doing duty there for the last fifty years or so. When I came across them they were for sale at auction- the novelty value of the graduated glasses having worn a little thin. I don’t’ recall the name of the Melbourne hotel where they served their time, but I do remember the auctioneer making a big deal about the pub and the by-gone era.

I’d like to propose a toast with the nip glasses- to a happy new year to all my readers and followers- thanks for all the reading and commenting over the last year. And here’s to a happy and prosperous 2015 full of wonderful retro!

Edwina