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Drinking Vessels Through History

Introduction to library resources on history of drinking vessels, including goblets, beakers, cups and other drinking vessels. More information is available through The Library's catalog or by using the Rakow's Ask a Glass Question service.

Fire and Vine

Display of 5 drinking glasses

Goblets on view in Fire & Vine

L to R: 59.1.5. Eastern Mediterranean (ancient Byzantine Empire),  between 400–500;  79.3.1107 Venice, Italy, or possibly France, between 1600–1700.; 75.4.564 Frederick Carder (1863–1963), Steuben Glass, about 1920–1933.; 51.5.26 D Cristalerias Rigolleau, Buenos Aires, Argentina, sometime between 1950–1951.; Yasuko Ujiie (born 1947), 85.6.2 A Tokyo, Japan, 1984. .

Goblets in many different shapes, of clear glass

Riedel Goblets from the Sommeliers Series

Goblets from the “Sommeliers” Series, designed by Claus Josef Riedel (1925–2004), made by Riedel Glas Austria, made in Kufstein, Austria, 1982, 83.3.222.

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Hand-colored drawing of goblets

This guide will include materials which focus specifically on goblets and other types of drinking vessels, including historical information, collecting guides, drawings and designs, and trade catalogs which provide images of drinking vessels.

For drinking vessels from specific regions or countries, please use our Ask a Glass Question service to request help from Rakow Library Reference staff.

Drinking Glasses: General Sources