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These wooden drinking vessels were a common sight on Galway cottage dressers during the 18th and 19th centuries.

24th February, 2013
The willow lamhóg: these cups would fall apart if allowed to dry out

A common sight on Galway cottage dressers during the 18th and 19th centuries was the willow lamhóg, a drinking vessel made of staves kept together by hoops, the single handle formed by one of the staves. Few have survived mainly because, as in the case of the traditional Japanese wooden ofuro bathtub, they have to be kept wet. When allowed to dry out, the staves tended to collapse like a pack of cards.

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