- c. 1650–1700
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Tin-glazed earthenware
- Overall: 4 x 5 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. (10.16 x 14.923 x 14.923 cm)
- Decorative Arts and Design
- American Art - 18th Century, Level 4
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection, gift of Faith P. Bybee
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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To "fuddle" means to make foolish by drink, and this novelty item assisted in that process. The drinker was challenged to empty the three compartments simultaneously without spilling any liquid. Although it appears impossible to drink without leaking the cup's contents, the three sections are connected by holes in their joining walls, which allows all liquids to drain to the compartment from which one is drinking. The word “fuddling” carries a double-meaning—to both confuse and intoxicate, and this cup delivers both.
Charles Venable, DMA unpublished material, Label text [1992.B.220], 1993.
Since at least the 1600s, the word "fuddle" or "fuddled" has been a generic term to describe alcoholic beverages and the minds of those who drank too much.
- Winterthur Museum
Read a blog post about drinking games and other "trick" drinking vessels like the fuddling cup.