The antique silver two – handled cup appears to be an outgrowth of the early antique silver two – handled porringer. In the beginning of the 18th century, the silver cup became prominent when the French Huguenots were establishing themselves with their high standards of design and craftmanship. Under their influence, the foot of the cup was made higher, handles became more prominent on pieces and the body was ornamented with all types of decoration. Some of the cups have covers and others do not. The body is slightly different on cups that do not have handles as it veers slightly outwards.
The two – handled cup has been and is still being used today as a “loving cup” on ceremonial occasions. It can also be a prize for competitions and an award on special occasions. Of course, it can also be used as a decorative object and look lovely in any setting.