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Royal Navy Rum Cup


Commonly drank at sea, a ship's purser would ration out the rum by 'tot' to individuals aboard. This handmade copper and brass cup measures one 'tot' and features a crown and anchor for the Royal Navy.  Slightly larger than today's standard 1 oz shot glass, this cup makes an interesting addition to one's bar as it not only serves as a measuring device but a conversation piece. 

With twenty-two separate manufacturers, rum was colonial Newport’s top export and central to its economy. Rum also tied Newport to the Triangle Trade. After the American Revolution, Newport’s role in both rum production and the slave trade was reduced, but the legacy of rum lingered. During the Prohibition, Newport’s rocky coast provided a haven for the boats of alcohol smugglers, a practice locally referred to as rum-running.