9035. Antique Augsburg Silver Goblet - Sold


A good antique German silver wine cup of tapering form over a shaped pedestal and flared foot. Pineapple decoration. Original fire gilt. Contains 165 ml. Weight 169 grams, 5.4 troy ounces. Height 16.6 cms. Diameter 6.9 cms. Stamped on both the rim and foot with the Augsburg town mark, makers mark and assay scrape. Maker David Roll. Circa 1630.

Biography - Augsburg’s wealth originated in Roman times when its sophisticated canal system facilitated trade in salt and silver. This route to Rome developed, over the centuries, into a main trading route. 

By 1276 trade and banking were so important to this otherwise ordinary town that the burghers of Ausburg were able to make their home into a Free Imperial City. The local municipal government was able to make its own plans, raise its own taxes and legislate for its own laws. 

The town’s wealth continued to grow, peaking in the 16th and 17th centuries, due to the export of gold and silver art, armour, the establishment of textile manufacturing, and the city's continuing role in banking and finance. Wealthy, cultivated and powerful families became wonderful patrons of gold and silver art objects. And the demand must have been endless. Even when Augsburg had only 30,000 inhabitants, some 260-275 of them were occupied full time as master gold and silversmiths. 

Condition - This lovely drinking cup is in good condition with no damage or restoration. Good clear marks. The gilt interior is original and bright; there is a small amount of wear to the outside as you’d expect from an article of this age.

Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Literature - Pineapple goblets were fashionable from the second half of the sixteenth century up to c.1640 in Germany. Although German in origin they can be seen in late sixteenth century paintings all over central Europe.

German silver marks. Pre 1888 antique German silver was based on different town mark symbols and the silver fineness was indicated in “loth” (12 loth = 750/1000, 13 loth = 875/1000, 15 loth = 937/1000). In 1888 the "crescent moon and crown" marks were adopted together with the fineness of silver usually “800” = 800/1000. This system is still in use today.

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