Copper Gill Cup


Jack and Gill (pronounced "Jill") cups have been used since the 14th century to accurately measure liquids - often wine and spirits.

It is reported that, in an attempt to increase tax revenue, Charles I reduced the size of the 2 oz Jack and consequently the 4 oz Gill came tumbling after, so the rhyme goes. This cup is a reproduction of an original cup of the reduced size. This Gill Cup is handcrafted by redsmith Peter Goebel. Tin-lined and food safe, it measures 2" tall x 2" diameter and holds approximately 3 oz.

From the writings of George Washington, July 3, 1782 "Tomorrow being the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence...the Army is to be served an Extra gill of rum per man on this joyful occasion". A gill (pronounced "Jill") of rum, or a half-cup, was the standard daily ration for soldiers and sailors alike during the Revolutionary War. The rum ration remained in effect for the British Navy all the way up to July 31, 1970.

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Item # GC-368

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NC Dave
"Gill" awaits at the top of the hill

If you are looking for a top of the line, attention to detail oriented Gill cup this is the one for you. It warrants prize status and being passed down to the next generation. Mine is exceptionally sturdy. It can easily survive being tucked away for travel during expeditionary service. Yet if carried on my person the size enables it to be made ready in the blink of a powder monkey's eye -- say when the rum ration is restored or enemy stores are captured? Best of all the hallmark attests to American manufacture by a master craftsman. Don't pass it up. Head to the top of that procurement hill and secure your cup while you still can.

Jon W.
Really Nice

Well made cup. Perfect for my ration of Pussers rum.