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A caudle cup is a type of bowl or drinking vessel for serving caudle, similar to a porringer or a quaich. Caudle cups are relatively wide vessels, sometimes wider and shallower, more like a bowl, sometimes taller. Typically, though not always, caudle cups have two handles: caudle was regarded as medicinal and fortifying and so often served to invalids and to women who had given birth; the handles were intended to aid those in a physically weakened state. Caudle was served warm, so some caudle cups are equipped with a lid to slow down cooling. Caudle cups were made in various materials, from ceramic to silver, and were very often intricately decorated.