What is a Goblet?
What is a Goblet? The word goblet is derived from the Middle English word ‘gobelet’ meaning ‘cup’. Originally the word goblet was synonymous with ‘chalice’ because of its religious connotations, however the difference between the two objects is slight; often if a piece has a larger or wider base, or features any religious imagery such as an image of a cross, this can be considered a chalice rather than a goblet.
At AC Silver we have a wide range of goblets exhibiting designs spanning centuries and imbued with complex history and significance. Goblets can be misrepresented as ancient relics rather than practical, sturdy pieces of silverware that can be used as drinking vessels for any occasion.
The designs featured on these drinking goblets - whether minimal or highly ornamented - are indicative of the era, origin, history of the silversmith and for whom the vessel was commissioned.
It has been documented that simple drinking vessels made from pottery were in use from 4500BC – 3500BC. During the Bronze Age, 2500 – 1500BC, metalworking techniques were introduced and developed, resulting in items being crafted out of bronze and gold.