Some pre-pro collectors restrict their acquisitions to glass shots but if you want to add a little diversity to a collection, other type of shot 'glass' are available. Most common are the metal shots, which come in three basic forms - Thimbles, Aluminum cups, and Telescoping Cups.
Thimbles: I really have to wonder if anyone was actually amused by the tippler who insisted that he was "only drinking a thimble-full" and then pulled out an oversized, two-ounce thimble, but apparently someone thought that they were cute. Unbranded thimbles in aluminum and sterling silver are easy to find. Occasionally, a branded thimble comes up for sale with the message being embossed in the base and/or inscribed around the mouth. Some examples are shown below.
|Advertising thimbles stand about 2" tall. They often have one label embossed into the end and another around the mouth. This says "Good Old Quality Will Never Tarnish"||A thimble advertising 'Y.P.M. (Young's Pure Malt) Whiskey' from the Alex Young Co, Philadelphia, PA.||'The Kentucky Liquor House, Springfield, MO."|
|A rare thimble from GA advertising 'Old Sharpe William Rye' (embossed around the mouth)||'Lancaster Liquors' from Owensboro, KY. This distributor also produced shot glasses.||This
thimble advertised 'Nutmeg Club Whiskey' (around
the mouth) from William Turner of Hartford CT.
last updated: October 16, 2009
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