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Double beaker

Maker:
Peter Wiber (master 1603, freeman 1605, sworn 1623–27, died 1641)
Date:
1609–29
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Silver-gilt
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 8 1/8 × 4 3/16 × 4 3/16 in., 15.184oz. (20.6 × 10.6 × 10.6 cm, 430.508g)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.543.2a, b
Not on view
The barrel-shaped beaker was in use since sixteenth century, at a time when precious silver vessels of various shapes imitating everyday objects of utilitarian nature were very fashionable–especially in German-speaking cultural centers. They detach in the middle to be used as separate vessels.
Marking: [1] PW in ligature within contoured shield (maker's mark of Peter Wibers);
[2] N (town mark for Nuremberg, ca. 1609–29);
[3] assayer's zigzag

Location of marks:
On underside
[ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until 1987; sold to Wrightsman ] ; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (1987–2008; to MMA)
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