Literature: Gruber, A. Silverware; pp77.
'However astonishing it may seem to us now, small tankards were used almost exclusively by ladies. Evidence of this practice, in southern Germany and Switzerland especially, can be found in many illustrations of the period. Husbands often gave their wives a tankard - as they sometimes also gave them a bowl - when the first child was born. This was because beer was thought to improve lactation. The fact that they were intended for women explains why they were so small, rather compact and richly decorated.'
It seems likely that the dual coat of arms inside the cover is that of the parents of SABINA KROMPPEININ and that her father gave this tankard to his wife on the birth of their daughter SABINA in 1664 as was the custom of the time.
The approximate translation of the Psalm inscribed around the upper body is 'The Law of thy mouth is better unto me, than many thousands of pieces of gold and silver.'