PENNY LICKS

Penny and twopenny licks were small glasses used by street vendors for serving ice cream at a cost of one penny or two pennies per serving.  The customer would lick clean the glass and return it to the vendor, who would reuse it. They fell out of use due to the hygiene problems that resulted, in particular the spread of tuberculosis.



Cup bowled penny lick

Cup bowled penny lick

This is what we believe to be a Victorian penny lick dating from the late 19th century, c1880.  A penny lick was a small glass used by street vendors for serving ice cream at a cost of one penny per serving.  The customer would lick clean the glass and return it to the vendor, who would reuse it. They fell out of use due to the hygiene problems that resulted.
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  This means, of course, that it shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with 100+ years of use. 
 
The glass has a cup bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is...

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Price: £35.00

Cup bowled tuppenny lick

Cup bowled tuppenny lick

This is what we believe to be a Victorian tuppenny (twopenny) lick dating from the late 19th century, c1890.  A penny lick was a small glass used by street vendors for serving ice cream at a cost of one or two pennies per serving.  The customer would lick clean the glass and return it to the vendor, who would reuse it. They fell out of use due to the hygiene problems that resulted.
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with 100+ years of use.  
 
The glass has a cup bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is heavily thickened towards the base...

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Price: £40.00

Double ogee bowl tuppenny lick

Double ogee bowl tuppenny lick

This is what we believe to be an unusual hand-blown Victorian tuppenny (twopenny) lick dating from the late 19th century, c1890.  A penny lick was a small glass used by street vendors for serving ice cream at a cost of one or two pennies per serving.  The customer would lick clean the glass and return it to the vendor, who would reuse it. They fell out of use due to the hygiene problems that resulted.
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with 100+ years of use.   There is a T-shaped gadget mark on the base of the foot.
 
The glass has a double-ogee shaped bowl measuring 6...

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Price: £45.00

Funnel bowl penny lick, hand-blown

Funnel bowl penny lick, hand-blown

This is what we believe to be a heavy hand-blown Victorian penny lick dating from the late 19th century, c1880.  A penny lick was a small glass used by street vendors for serving ice cream at a cost of one penny per serving.  The customer would lick clean the glass and return it to the vendor, who would reuse it. They fell out of use due to the hygiene problems that resulted.
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with 100+ years of use.  There is a T-shaped gadget mark on the base of the foot.
 
The glass has a funnel bowl measuring 6 cm (2.4...

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Price: £40.00

Funnel bowl penny lick, two-part moulded

Funnel bowl penny lick, two-part moulded

This is what we believe to be a two-part moulded Victorian penny lick dating from the late 19th century, c1880.  A penny lick was a small glass used by street vendors for serving ice cream at a cost of one penny per serving.  The customer would lick clean the glass and return it to the vendor, who would reuse it. They fell out of use due to the hygiene problems that resulted.
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with 100+ years of use.  
 
The glass has a funnel bowl measuring 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is heavily thickened...

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Price: £40.00

Small bucket shaped penny lick

Small bucket shaped penny lick

This is what we believe to be a small Victorian penny lick dating from the late 19th century, c1880.  A penny lick was a small glass used by street vendors for serving ice cream at a cost of one penny per serving.  The customer would lick clean the glass and return it to the vendor, who would reuse it. They fell out of use due to the hygiene problems that resulted.
 
The glass is in excellent condition for its age.  It shows age related wear and tear to both the rim of the bowl and to the rim of the foot consistent with 100+ years of use.  
 
The glass has a bucket bowl measuring 5.8 cm (2.3 inches) in diameter at the rim.  The bowl is heavily thickened towards the...

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Price: £25.00


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