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Antique Judaica SET of four German silver kiddush cups

Antique Judaica SET of four German silver kiddush cups

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Religious Artifacts: Judaica: Pre 1910: Item # 1429621
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An unusual SET OF FOUR Kiddush cups, each 3 1/2" high, and the tops 2" across. Each is marked .800 at base and also to the left of that is a tiny mark, difficult to photograph. "Kiddush" is a Hebrew word that literally means “sanctification”. It is defined as a blessing recited over grape juice or wine to sanctify the Jewish and Shabbat holidays. Many families have a special goblet or glass for the blessing, and this vessel is called the Kiddush cup. Most are offered singly, especially if they are antique. This set miraculously has stayed together. Obviously they were a prized family set, as they bear the engraved initials of family members apparently...B.S., L.S., M.S., and W.S. Condition is antique good, several bases slightly out of round, one cup has a mark as if someone tried acid on it to determine silver content etc. I am an art dealer and not a Judaica or silver specialist but these clearly seem to be more than 100 years old, maybe even late 19th century, and likely of European or Russian origin.