Fortunately the mark plates of the Delft silversmith's guild have survived. The plates contain the names and maker's marks of the Delft masters, together with the year they entered the guild from 1591 until the 18th century. This makes it possible to identify the maker of the present cup with certainty as Cornelis van Dijck.
Van Dijck was apprenticed to a Delft silversmith in 1681 and became a master in 1692. He held the offices of assayer and dean on several occasions. He was still living in 1734, for in that year he is mentioned as dean of the guild for the last time. Van Dijck is especially known for his covered cups. Besides the present cup the following examples are known: the cup of the Leiden Militia Guild (1711), the cup of the Delfland Polder Board (1716), the cup of Gerard van Loon (1723), and the cup of the town of Kampen (1726). As for the shape and decoration these cups are closely related.
The present cup was possibly made for an unknown board or society as is suggested by the inscription on the cover: "QUOD BONUM FELIX FAUSTUMQUE SIT NOBIS ET NO-STRIS Ao MDCCXXXII". The inscription is a free quotation taken from Cicero's De divinatione (I, 45, 102) and means "May it be good, fortunate and prosperous for us and our people, anno 1732". The coats-of-arms and family names on the cuppa are those of upper class families who held high positions in the province of South Holland, particularly in Delft and surroundings.
For comparative literature:
Exh. cat., Delfts Zilver, Delft, Museum Het Prinsenhof, 1956/57, pp. 33, no. 57.
Exh. cat., Nederlands Zilver/Dutch silver 1580-1830, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Toledo, The Toledo Museum of Art, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1979-1980, pp. 222-223 no. 108.
Frederiks, J.W., Dutch Silver, IV, The Hague, 1961, pp. 118-119, nos. 278, 279.
Verbeek, J., "De beker van Gerard van Loon" in: Bulletin van het Rijksmuseum, 1975, pp. 227-236.
Wijsenbeek, L.J.F., elfts zilver, Rotterdam, Den Haag, 1962, pp. 37-38.