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These fragments would have belonged to short, wide glasses without a handle or stem, or tumblers. Tumblers have been the same size since the 17th Century and appear in recipes from that era much like “cup” does today. There’s some speculation that earlier tumblers “tumbled” – that is, rolled around the table if set down, but that leaves the question of why modern tumblers are still called tumblers when they don’t tumble!