Puzzle Jugs & Trick Glasses Photos

Puzzle jugs & trick glasses were used in taverns as games. The drinker has to cover the right holes in these vessels to be able to imbibe without spilling the content on himself, not always easy under the influence of alcohol. In most cases the vessel itself contains a straw.

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Tin-glazed earthenware Fuddling cup from London, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Earthenware fuddling cup from England at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Tin-glazed earthenware fuddling cup from Frankfurt, Germany at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Tin-glazed earthenware puzzle mug from London or Liverpool, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Tin-glazed earthenware Fuddling cup (1639) from London, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Earthenware fuddling cup (puzzle cup to drink from three cups without spilling) (c1650-1700) from England at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Tin-glazed earthenware fuddling cup (c1690) from Frankfurt, Germany at Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, MI.Tin-glazed earthenware puzzle mug (c1750) from London or Liverpool, England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.
Tin-glazed earthenware puzzle mug from England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Puzzle jug made in Italy for St Louis World's Fair at Missouri History Museum. St. Louis, MO.Blue decorated puzzle jug with English rhyme at Phelps-Hathaway House. Suffield, CT.Blue decorated puzzle jug with English rhyme at Phelps-Hathaway House. Suffield, CT.
Tin-glazed earthenware puzzle mug (c1760) from England at Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, IL.Puzzle jug made in Italy for St Louis World's Fair (1904) at Missouri History Museum. St. Louis, MO.Blue decorated puzzle jug with English rhyme at Phelps-Hathaway House. Suffield, CT.Blue decorated puzzle jug with English rhyme at Phelps-Hathaway House. Suffield, CT.
Ceramic puzzle jug at Conference House. Staten Island, NY.Metallic silver luster ceramic puzzle jug at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Glazed earthenware puzzle jug from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Ceramic puzzle jug from Nevers, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.
Ceramic puzzle jug at Conference House. Staten Island, NY.Metallic silver luster ceramic puzzle jug (c1820) at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Glazed earthenware puzzle jug (17thC) from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Ceramic puzzle jug (1620-40) from Nevers, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.
Ceramic puzzle jug Delft, Netherlands at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Ceramic puzzle jug Delft, Netherlands at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Chinese porcelain pitcher & puzzle jug from Jingdezhen at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Earthenware puzzle jug with blue foliage from Rouen at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.
Ceramic puzzle jug (1760-70) Delft, Netherlands at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Ceramic puzzle jug (1760-70) Delft, Netherlands at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Chinese porcelain pitcher (1700) & puzzle jug (1725-50) from Jingdezhen at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Earthenware puzzle jug with blue foliage (end 17thC) from Rouen at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.
Earthenware trick pitcher with bird head from Rouen at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Rouen-made earthenware puzzle jug painted blue & red at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Earthenware puzzle jug painted with standard of unknown order & inscribed La Loi made by Faïence de Never at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.Rouen-made earthenware puzzle jug painted blue & red at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.
Earthenware trick pitcher with bird head (c1720) from Rouen at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Rouen-made earthenware puzzle jug painted blue & red (c1725) at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Earthenware puzzle jug (c1791) painted with standard of unknown order & inscribed La Loi made by Faïence de Never at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.Rouen-made earthenware puzzle jug painted blue & red (c1720) at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.
Three puzzle jugs of ceramic from Nevers; glass from Bohemia or France; & blue enamelled clay from France at Museum of Decorative Arts. Paris, France.Earthenware puzzle jug with pewter mount from Hesse at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Nuremberg, Germany.Trick-glass goblet from Northern Europe at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Clear blown trick glass with stag siphon from Germany at Coburg Castle. Coburg, Germany.
Three puzzle jugs of ceramic (after 1650) from Nevers; glass (18thC) from Bohemia or France; & blue enamelled clay (16thC) from France at Museum of Decorative Arts. Paris, France.Earthenware puzzle jug with pewter mount (1681) from Hesse at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Nuremberg, Germany.Trick-glass goblet (c1675-1750) from Northern Europe at LACMA. Los Angeles, CA.Clear blown trick glass with stag siphon (17th-18thC) from Germany at Coburg Castle. Coburg, Germany.
Green blown trick glass with stag siphon from Germany at Coburg Castle. Coburg, Germany.German trick goblet at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.German trick goblet at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.German blown trick glass with stag siphon at Toledo Glass Pavilion. Toledo, OH.
Green blown trick glass with stag siphon (17th-18thC) from Germany at Coburg Castle. Coburg, Germany.German trick goblet (late 17th C - early 18th C) at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.German trick goblet (18th C) at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.German blown trick glass with stag siphon (late 17th-early 18th C) at Toledo Glass Pavilion. Toledo, OH.
Germanic trick glass & glass drinking boot at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.Spanish trick puzzle glass from Catalonia at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.

Germanic trick glass (17th C) & glass drinking boot (c1650-1700) at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.Spanish trick puzzle glass (early 17th C) from Catalonia at Corning Museum of Glass. Corning, NY.


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