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Beaker (passglas)

Beaker (passglas)

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1650-1720 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, blown, tooled and enamelled

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA1

The 'Passglas' is a type of communal drinking glass. The distance between the horizontal ribbed lines is called a 'Pass' or measure. When drinking form such beakers, the drinker has to drink exactly to the next measure line in one go. If he hasn't reached the next line, he has to drink again, to the next measure-line below.
The enamelled inscription on the glass refers to drinking the 'Pass' repeatedly.

Physical description

Tall cylindrical glass on a folded foot. Clear, colourless glass. Around the glass are eleven applied glass band with milled ribs. In between the applied bands a decoration painted in white enamel, including an inscription, three hearts, stylised flowers, scrolls and various decorative bands.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1650-1720 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Glass, blown, tooled and enamelled

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed ‘VIVAT Trinck in gesündheidt mein und dein / Sollen die Päss ausgetruncken seinn / Aus treüen Herzen trinck Frisch herrum(b)’, enamelled
LONG LIVE Drink in health, mine and yours / Should the measure be drained / With faithful heart drink {fresch} again
Part of the enamelled decoration


Height: 30.4 cm, Diameter: 13.3 cm Foot, Diameter: 8.3 cm Upper rim

Object history note

Bought from the Bernal Collection for £ 4.

Descriptive line

Beaker (Passglas), clear colourless glass with painted decoration in white enamel, Germany, 1650-1720

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dieter Schaich, Reine Formsache, Berlin, 2007, pp. 102-110, for a discussion on this type of glass, with reference pieces.
Axel von Saldern, German enameled glass: the Edwin J. Beinicke collection and related pieces, Corning, New York, 1965, p.144, for two enemelled passglasses with similar wreath border around the top. Both are attribured to Central Germany, one late 17th to early 18th century, the other late 17th.

Labels and date

Painted in white enamel only and divided into zones for drinking measures []

Production Note

O.D. - agreed that it is 17th century
Dieter Schaich, Reine Formsache, Berlin, 2007, p. 110, points out that some enamelled examples are known, with dates up to 1723.




Glass; Drinking


Ceramics Collection

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