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.
Publication Date: Journal of Glass Studies v. 34, 1992, pp. 159-160
Engraving of man holding roemer
Roemer or Römer Definition
According to the Corning Museum of Glass dictionary, a Römer or Roemer is a drinking vessel for wine or beer. It has an ovoid mouth, a cylindrical body, and a conical foot. The body is usually decorated with prunts.
Roemer with a Hunting Scene. 79.3.216. 1675-1699. Bequest of Jerome Strauss (left). Roemer. 66.2.20. about 1685-1700. (right)
Glassware egnarved by Anna Roemers Visscher (1584-1652), who was among the first in the Netherlands to take up glass engraving as a hobby. For the calligraphy, she occasionally used one of her own poems, another form of artistic expression for which she garnered considerable praise and a highly unusual pastime for women in that period. Only five glasses decorated by Anna survive today, three of which are in the collection of the Rijksmuseum.