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Loving cup

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Porcelain loving cup for Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee (1897)

A loving cup is a large cup with two arching handles.[1] It can describe a shared drinking container traditionally used at weddings and banquets, often made of silver. Loving cups are also given as trophies to winners of games or competitions.[2]


Loving cups found in several European cultures, including the Celtic quaich and the French coupe de mariage.[3]

The Russian bratina ("fraternity cup" or "brotherhood cup") is a wine bowl also used for banquets. It is considered the "Russian version of the loving cup".[4] It is often without handles.

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  1. ^ "Loving cup | British, Nottingham (Derbyshire)". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved March 11, 2024.
  2. ^ "Loving cup". Encyclopædia Britannica online. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
  3. ^ "Loving Cup Ceremony". CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com. Retrieved March 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Peter Andrews (1983). The Rulers of Russia. Stonehenge. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-86706-051-5. Another exceptional vessel was the bratina. This Russian version of the loving cup, or toasting bowl, was passed from person to person, uniting all who drank from it in etemal brotherhood.

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