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The "nipperkins" were a pair of handled cups which the children supposed to be silver, and which they always used at table.
Dotty said she wished they could ever remember to bring their nipperkins, for in that case the milk would taste a great deal more like nectar.
"Ruthie gives too much measure," replied Dotty, untwisting her apron -- "'most two quarts; and when Katie and I ask for some in our nipperkins, Ruthie says,' No, 'she must make butter.