1938 Kentucky Derby Water Glass



Own this one of a kind, unique, and rare piece of Kentucky Derby history – the 1938 Water Glass. The item that started the annual collection of 12oz Mint Julep Glasses. Originally intended as a glass for guests eating in the dining room, guests loved it so much, the glasses soon went missing.


The History Behind the Item

The manufacturing and collecting of Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glasses began with unremarkable origins, as the first 1938 glasses were actually water glasses. According to racetrack folklore, the glasses were so popular that they disappeared from the tables in the track’s dining rooms. Track management decided to charge dining room patrons an extra .25 cents if they wanted to keep the glasses. Since then, the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Glass has grown in popularity and is often viewed as the leading Kentucky Derby collectible.