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Goblet with Masonic Emblems
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Goblet with Masonic Emblems

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Description Entertaining was an important way to assert status in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries—a time of increasing prosperity for the middle class. This goblet is decorated with Masonic symbols, including a pair of compasses and an equilateral triangle; it might have been used at a Masonic Lodge and attests to the importance of sharing a drink for strengthening social ties. Freemasonry, a fraternal organization, spread through continental Europe and North America during the 18th century. The goblet is wheel engraved: a process in which a small abrasive wheel creates an incised design.
Date Description Narrative
  • 3000 Years of Glass: Treasures from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
Provenance Acquired by William T. Walters, Baltimore; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters

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18th century
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H: 6 1/8 × Diam. at base: 3 1/16 in. (15.6 × 7.7 cm); Diam. at Rim: 2 9/16 in. (6.5 cm)


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