Initially silver beakers were mainly used in households. Only after the Reformation they were being used in Church during Communion too. Groningen communion beakers have some characteristic features which we will not find in examples which were made in other areas. In the Baltic area, we find beakers of considerable height with an almost cylindrical body, sometimes on feet. More to the west, in the province of Friesland and other Dutch towns, communion beakers were made which generally have quite a large diameter at the bottom and have linear diverging sides.