Double cups avaEvery period in history is characterized by its own unique wedding gifts people choose. Today, guests often buy certificates so that the bride and groom could pick whatever activity or product they want. A few decades ago, people gave toasters and tea sets. And a few centuries ago, fancy double cups were sometimes presented as a marriage gift by wealthy relatives. And honestly, who would say No to such a lovely and elaborate wedding present?!

The double cups or trussing cups look more like jewelry than dinnerware because they’re just so intricate, decorative, and unique. The set consists of two identical goblets with lips that fit into one another perfectly. When the goblets aren’t in use, they can be displayed in the living room or kitchen as a gorgeous decorative item.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, such double cups were sometimes given as wedding presents by the rich. They were used at a wedding as ceremonial vessels the bride and groom drank from. It symbolized the unity and devotion of two people and, thus, two families.

Each set of double cups was unique because they were handmade by the most skillful blacksmiths of the time. But, of course, similar wedding gifts were extremely pricey.

For example, this set is from Hungary, around 1600. Both goblets are decorated with a depiction of a cherub and intricate scrollwork. The cups are made from gilded silver. From The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Double cups or trussing cups – typical 16th-17th-century wedding gift

Double cups or trussing cups – typical 16th-17th-century wedding gift

 

Or these German trussing cups from ca. 1600 probably made by the silversmith Simon Pissinger. Gilded silver as well. Interestingly, these goblets are identical in shape and size but the patterns differ. From The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Double cups or trussing cups – typical 16th-17th-century wedding gift

Double cups or trussing cups – typical 16th-17th-century wedding gift

Double cups or trussing cups – typical 16th-17th-century wedding gift

 

If you’re looking for a truly fancy and costly wedding gift for your family or people you care about, think about ordering a custom-made pair of standing wedding goblets for their big day, like those double cups from the 1600s. Most definitely, the couple will keep and treasure such a wedding present, displaying it in their home for many years to come.

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