A fine and stately Dutch armorial wine goblet engraved with the arms of Hohenlohe. The thistle bowl of this glass shows two leopards passant within a crowned shield surrounded by fronds. A narrow band of engraving encircles the rim. The heavy bottom of the bowl has an enclosed tear, as does the huge inverted baluster knop below the bowl. The foot is domed and folded, with a rough snapped pontil.
The goblet is quite large, standing 7 5/8" tall, with a bowl diameter of 3" and a foot diameter of 3 7/16". Condition is excellent, with no chips, cracks, or restorations. Soda metal, but has the color and lack of multiple bubbles associated with lead. Good striations and tooling.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Hohenlohe is the name of a German princely family and the name of their principality.
At first rulers of a county, its two branches were raised to the rank of principalities of the Holy Roman Empire in 1744 and 1764 respectively; in 1806 they lost their independence and their lands formed part of the Kingdoms of Bavaria and of Württemberg.
Chlodwig Carl Viktor, usually referred to as the Prince of Hohenlohe, and a direct descendant of the original family, served as Chancellor of Germany and Prime Minister of Prussia from 1894 to 1900. Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, he had served in a number of other positions, including as Prime Minister of Bavaria (1866–1870), German Ambassador to Paris (1873–1880), Foreign Secretary (1880) and Imperial Lieutenant of Alsace-Lorraine (1885–1894). He was regarded as one of the most prominent liberal politicians of his time in Germany.
This glass reportedly had been passed down from the original family to him.