Loving cup, Johann Christian Bothe

Loving cup, Johann Christian Bothe

Loving cup
Johann Christian Bothe
Germany, Silesia
1743
Pewter
Museum no. M.337-1940
Given by Sir Francis Oppenheimer

Ceremonies and Rituals

For colleges, guilds and societies, drinking together is an affirmation of fellowship. Large communal vessels are central to the ceremonial drinking rituals of the trade and craft guilds. Drink is passed around to mark such occasions as the arrival of a new member, appointment to a post or completing a term in office. The loving cup of a Bridlemakers' guild is engraved with the arms of the guild and the names and dates of the officers.