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Monteiths and Punchbowls first appeared at the end of the 17th Century. Although a monteith is similar to a punchbowl, their uses are slightly different. The punch bowl, as its name conveys, is used for punches whereas the monteith was meant to cool glasses. The monteith is recognisable by its slightly smaller size and its scalloped edge. It was this edge which gives it the name Monteith. How? A Scotsman called Monteith is reputed to have worn a cloak with a scalloped edge. The scalloped edge on a monteith also has a function. The stems of the glasses could be hung from them so they could rest in the chilled water. Later monteiths became larger and were often made with handles.

Bleeding Bowls were introduced after the accession of Charles I. There purpose was for the practice of blood letting, which was believed to restore good health to patients. Luckily for us this practice was dispersed with around the turn of the 19th Century. Early Bleeding Bowls tended to have straight sides while later ones have curved sides. They tend to have shallow bowls with pierced handles which became more elaborate over time.

Porringers were originally used for gruel or porridge. They were usually 4" to 6" in diameter; 1.5" to 3" deep. The English Porringer was also used for drinks and other mixtures. They usually have two handles and straight sides. They are similar to Caudle Cups but these had balluster side and were used for drinks which were sweet and spicy. These drinks were called Caudles, hence the name Caudle Cup. The drink was often used for convalescents. The most famous Porringers were made by Paul Revere.

Other silver bowls such as rose bowls or sugar bowls can also be found and the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Era soon led to new innovated designs being made.

Art Nouveau Silver Fork
Above: An example of an Art Nouveau two handled bowl