This cup is a wassail dipper cup, presented to Pilgrim Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts by the family of the late Mercy Ramsey Carl of Texas. According to family tradition, the cup was passed down the female line to daughters named Mercy since 1741.
The cup is made of walnut, turned on a lathe and carved with this verse:
Lord help thy people that are in Destresse:
teach all true Christians for to help each other:
turne + the hard hart's that Doth the poore opresse:
teach them to know their needy Christian Brother:
Think on+the ritch mans flourishing estate:
Which cried out in hell+Blessed are the mercyfull+Wh-t was to late