Some of the porringers displayed on this page of Warners Antique Silver are sometimes classified as two-handled cups.
A porringer is actually a small bowl or dish from which any kind of soft food can be eaten, but primarily gruel or porridge.
Pewter, wood and ceramic versions, as well as antique silver porringers, were used in medieval times.
English porringers tend to have two handles on opposite sides, although American styles normally have one, and occasionally they were produced with no handles at all. Lidded porringers are not uncommon.
This sort of receptacle is no longer in every day use, but they are very collectible and occasionally they arer bought as a Christening gift.
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