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5188 A Glass Toddy Lifter


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Toddy lifters of approximately this pattern were made in large numbers at the opening of the 19th century, so we can presume two things:- first, that toddy was a popular drink during the first half of the 19th century, and second, that it was not extremely hot as the glass would have cracked.

Essentially, toddy lifters are shaped like small decanters with very elongated necks. They have a hole at each end and the top is characterised by a flat flange.   They work in exactly the same way as pipettes - they were immersed in the toddy, a finger placed firmly over the top hole, then released when it was over the glass into which the toddy was required.

This is a typical example made about 1820 and is in good cendition.

Date: c.1820

Dimensions: 6.2", 15.7 cm. high

Price: UK customers £110, US customers $145, Euro customers €125, Australian customers $195

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