These early Qing dynasty cups were carved from coconut shell, and lined with metal which was originally coated with silver. The Chinese believed that silver would tarnish when in contact with poison. Many wealthy Chinese liked to use silver lined cups and chopsticks tipped with silver fittings was an assurance against poisoning. There are 6 cups in all but each has a slightly different carving and they being sold separately with each to be pictured under this one listing.
They are all in reasonably good condition, no losses but some minimal cracks in the shell which is to be expected with age. The liners are all intact but the silver coatings has been worn off with use, most likely by the natural corrosive nature of the wine. They are approx 3.5 inches diameter at the rims and 2 inches tall