What you ask is a bouillon cup and why would anyone want one? Back in the day people served soup as a first course at more elaborate dinners. (Remember, many people in the upper middle and upper classes had servants who helped with dishes in the 1920s.) Bouillon is a clear soup, no vegetables or alphabet pasta, that was traditionally served in small cups. You might be familiar with cream soup bowls which are low bowls with two handles. People served cream soup for a first course too, and those bowls are larger. Bouillon cups are a little smaller but they have two handles too. You might think this is a sugar bowl - after all it has two handles - but the shape isn't quite right for a sugar. Notices the lip flares out a tad. This is about the same size and shape as the usual coffee cup, it has a second handle is all. This is Beverly etch by Fostoria. it has a cross-hatched shield between dangling swags that's very attractive. Fostoria made three other patterns with etched cross-hatches and swags, Washington, Melrose and Virginia, a few years before Beverly. Beverly came out in 1927 and Fostoria discontinued it about 1934. Must you have a hired girl lurking in the kitchen to wash the dishes in order to have a bouillon cup? Of course having someone else wash the dishes is always a plus, but you can enjoy using a pretty soup bowl any time you want a small cup of soup or you could use this for fruit in the morning. Think of this as a way to add a bit of real class to your table. And yes, you can use these little bowls with chicken noodle or soups with alphabet pasta.
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