Germanic Hessen Hessian Masonic Trade Guild Humpen Pokal Goblet
This very large, antique trade guild tankard or goblet with lid (humpen) likely comes from the German state of Hesse and is a nineteenth century copy of a seventeenth century design. The same scene can be seen on a cylindrical beaker without lid in the collection of the Muza Eretz Museum in Tel Aviv.
It features extensive enamel painted decoration including the symbols for five distinctive guilds in the Masonic style, including smiths, carpenters, barrel-makers, knife-sharpeners and locksmiths. The fiigures of three noblemen stand beside the trade emblem with their names listed above: Hans Bruchman, Michel Hilscher and Hans Sandmann. On the rear is a dedication of the person who comissioned the glass, again in German Gothic-style script:
With pleasure I have ordered
this glass to be made
and painted for the commendable guild
and I drink liquor from it in good spirit
It measures 17" tall and 6.75" across, and the beaker alone without top measure 13" tall. Condition of the enamel decoration is good with modest losses. There is a chip to the inside of the lid, and no visible cracks or repairs to the beaker.
We have another green glass humpen with lid of the same shape depicting noblemen in various scenes which is also available for sale.