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A LARGE GERMAN SILVER-GILT WAGER CUP
MAKER'S MARK OF MEINRAD I BAUCH, NUREMBERG, 1603-1609
In the form of a young girl, her skirt repoussé and chased on the back with scrollwork and fruit on matted ground and on the front with parallel bands of stylized motifs to simulate embroidery, the small swivelling cup with trelliswork, engraved with an inscription, marked on skirt and with assay scrape with traces of an inventory number G.R 492
The inscription reads 'HANS DIEDERICH SCHMIDT JUNIOR PERNAU 9WW 18/29 JULY 17'..
Hans Diederich Schmidt Junior was from a very rich family of merchants and shipowners, mentioned in the Pernau town registers in 1770s and 1780s.
The wager cup was used during wedding ceremonies when both spouses would each drink simultaneously from it, the wife drinking out of the small swivel cup. This type of cup seems to have first originated in Nuremberg before its popularity spread to the rest of Germany and particularly the Flemish countries. There are at least ten of these cups recorded by this maker including an example in the Grünes Gewölbe in Dresden (see U. Arnold and E. Trommer, Das Grüne Gewölbe zu Dresden, Leipzig, 1997, p. 50, fig. 65).