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AN IMPORTANT SWISS GOLD CHRISTENING CUP
MAKER'S MARK OF HANS HEINRICH I ZIEGLER, ZURICH, 1755
On domed spreading foot finely chased with a frieze of vine tendrils on matted ground with band of cornucopia, scrolls, shells and flowers with plain centre, the similarly chased stem with fluted knops, the exterior of the bowl chased with further rococo ornament, the centre set with a large green and blue enamelled medallion with the arms of seven Swiss cantons and those of the towns of Biel and Mulhouse and an inscription, marked on foot, stamped with K.20 incuse
The inscription reads 'MONU/MENTUM/HONORIS/M.DCC.LV' which translates as a token of esteem.
The Margrave Carl Friedrich von Baden-Durlach (1728-1811) ruled from 1746 and, as an enlightened sovereign, he encouraged the development of schools and universities. In 1751, he married Caroline-Louise von Hessen-Darmstadt. Their first son Carl Ludwig was born on 14th February 1755. At the Margrave's request, seven cantons and two associated cities (Bern, Zurich, Glarus, Schaffhausen, Saint Gallen, Appenzell, Basel, Biel and Mulhouse) accepted the role of godfather to Carl-Ludwig and allocated 500 talers for the making of this gold cup which was delivered to Baden in the autumn of 1755.