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Topic: Old World Cups and Balls
Message: Posted by: sarcophilus (Jan 5, 2005 04:43PM)
Does anyone have the Collector's Workshop 'Old World Cups and Balls"? I see they are also available from Stevens Magic in a different finish. I am curious how they are working out for you. What's the largest load? How are they compared to Johnson's Cups? I am hoping that someone like Bill Palmer or Pete Biro has seen these and can give a good analysis. But I am willing to take opinions from anyone. ;)
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 5, 2005 04:50PM)
I don't have the pewter ones. The ones I have are the silver engraved ones. They are very nice cups, about the size of the Johnson Cups. They will not take a tennis ball as a final load. I don't know the dimensions on the inside of the pewter cups, though.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jan 5, 2005 07:35PM)
Can't help you. If you like the way they look, get 'em.
Message: Posted by: sarcophilus (Jan 6, 2005 09:58AM)
I think I will get them. Thanks guys.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 6, 2005 11:17AM)
Let me recommend something. Give Joe Stevens a call and ask him how soft the pewter is. Pewter is a very odd metal to make a cup from. It can be very flexible and it can be very brittle, depending on the alloy.
Message: Posted by: sarcophilus (Jan 6, 2005 12:23PM)
That's a great idea. Thanks Bill. I hadn't thought of that...
Message: Posted by: Mad Jake (Jan 6, 2005 09:05PM)
I have a set of the pewter cups. Bill is right about the flexibility, while they feel rigid enough, they do ding very easily. For the money they are a very nice looking set of cups and workable, just be very careful with them.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 7, 2005 02:06AM)
Arrrr!!! Shiver me timbers, Pirate Pete... what's with yer avatarrrr!!!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 7, 2005 03:36AM)
I'm not saying pewter is good or bad. Some pewter is as pretty as silver. But this flexibility thing is a real issue. I had a pewter tankard with a glass bottom. It got bent slightly while it was packed in some luggage. That bend put a permanent leak in the bottom.

I learned not to buy glass-bottomed pewter tankards!
Message: Posted by: rikbrooks (Jan 7, 2005 06:26AM)
On 2005-01-07 04:36, Bill Palmer wrote:

I learned not to buy glass-bottomed pewter tankards!

Or maybe not to pack them in luggage.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Jan 7, 2005 09:34PM)
I carried this one at the Renaissance Festival. You learn that these things are too delicate to carry at those things -- too many chances for damage.