Pewter Goblet

Written by Beth Hrusch
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A striking addition to the table setting, a pewter goblet is designed not only to be impressive but quite functional. The shape of this vessel is as old as pewter itself. Goblets have been used for purposes both ceremonial and domestic for thousands of years. Their distinctive bowl-shaped cup holds a large amount of liquid yet retains a graceful and delicate appearance. Most goblets have a stem with a wide base, and are similar in style to a chalice.

The Function of the Pewter Goblet

Early men probably created the very first goblets in the Pleistocene Age, when the medium in use was baked clay. Originally, many goblets were actually simple cups without stems, and drinks were consumed without putting down the glass. Designs remained functional and fairly crude until the fourth or fifth centuries, when the Romans made the first lead goblets. These had stems and a shallow bowl.

The shape of the goblet evolved through the ages as this vessel was adopted by different cultures and given varied interpretations. Eventually the classic goblet shape as we know it today was settled upon, a deep bowl with a stem and base that makes it practical for many uses. Like the chalice, the pewter goblet is large and impressive enough to be used for ceremonial rites. However, it can also be delicate, an elegant way to serve beverages such as water, wine or juice.

The shape of the goblet lends it to the grand occasion. When used for family dinner or special occasions, it gives the table a timeless grace and elegance. The pewter goblet in particular will also be practical for a lifetime of use without tarnishing, making it a wise choice for anyone who loves to entertain. It is a wonderful gift to give someone special, or to add to a pewter collection.

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