Vintage Eyewash Cups – Slag & Colored Glass – Use – Display – Collect
Eyewash Cups belong in every home! The design and purpose have been unchanged over the years. You might as well have a beautiful antique/vintage eye cup!
We are offering some real slag glass/colored glass beauties here!
#1 – Blue & White Slag Glass Eyewash Cup. Approximately 2.25″ high and 1.5″ wide – marked as some in the last picture.
#2 – Blue Opalescent Glass Eyewash Cup with milky opalescent foot and rim. Approximately 2.25″ high and 1.5″ wide – marked as some in the last picture.
#3 – Bright Blue Eyewash Cup with opalescent rim. Approximately 1-3/4″ high and 1-5/8″ wide – Unable to decipher impressed mark.
#4 – Light Blue & Brown Slag Glass Eyewash Cup. Approximately 2.25″ high and 1.5″ wide – marked as some in the last picture.
Make your selection(s) in the dropdown below where they are numbered and named as they are above.
For several hundred years—until modern eye drops were developed—eyewash cups, or eyebaths, were the most common way to relieve the eye of irritants. People would fill them with water, hold them to the eye, throw their heads back, and blink to flush away unwanted elements. Developed in England in the 16th century, they are rarely used today, though there remains a steady mass of collectors.
Vintage eyewash cups come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, and are made from materials ranging from tin, wood and plastic to porcelain, glass and rubber—even silver and gold. Some were mounted on pedestals; others, called “squats,” came attached to bottles of solution. They can be smooth and rounded, or have panels on the sides, shaped like tulips or patterned like barrels. They are most often clear, blue or green, while ambers are prized for their relative scarcity. Some were even hand-blown