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May 22, 2013


KY mint julep

For some Southerners, a mint julep cup is an entertaining essential at events like graduations, weddings and hot-to-trot races, like the Kentucky Derby. Traditionally, the cups are made of pewter, silver plate or silver – when the price is right.

For more than 30 years, the family-owned Salisbury Inc. has been producing hand-crafted pewter and sterling products, including the elegant julep cup.

Based in Salisbury, Md, the company employs two silversmiths, six pewter spinners and several craftsmen in training.

The company’s state julep cup collections are popular.

The Georgia Julep Cup, with its modified pear-shape design, is patterned after the work of E. J. Johnson of Macon (circa 1851). Made from no-lead pewter, the 12-ounce Georgia cup is $47. The nine-ounce cup is $38.50.

Other states, including Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana and Texas, have their own unique cup styles.

But the best seller is the Kentucky Julep Cup — not just on Derby Day but year-round. With its straight sides, the classic cup is a keepsake. The 12-ounce pewter cup is $63. The nine-ounce is $52. A sterling silver Kentucky cup is also available for $780, based on current silver prices.

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In the Atlanta area, find Salisbury’s mint julep cups at Charles Willis, 465 E. Paces Ferry Road NE ( and L.J. Lewis Silver Co., 164 W. Wieuca Road, (


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