Princely Treasures: Silver Smithery SI

Princely Treasures: Silver Smithery

The Philately is continuing the “Princely Treasures” series by presenting three items of German 17th century silver smithery. The “Sailing Boat” (face value: CHF 1.00) is a grand drinking vessel on four wheels with a drinking tube on its bow. Since the 14th century vessels of this kind served as a prestigious table requisite and were also used later during drinking games. The same applies to “Diana on a Stag” (face value: CHF 1.50), a masterpiece of gold smithery and a sophisticated item of the dining culture at court. Running gear in the base moved the drinks dispenser across the table. The guest seated where the drinking vessel came to a standstill had to drink out of it. The more the animal’s belly emptied, the greater was the risk that the whole contents would be spilled over the person’s face and clothing much to the amusement of the other guests. 

Animal housings also repeatedly served this handicraft as objects and were transformed into spectacular works of art by being mounted in special ways. The “Turbo Shell Cup” (face value: CHF 2.00) was made out of silver, partially gilded with gold and adorned with many artistic details. The special perforation and the elaborate print on silver foil literally make this issue shine.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 06.06.2016
Designer: Silvia Ruppen, Mauren
Printer: Royal Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem
Process: Offset CMYK & cold foil stamping
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 29,13 x 38 mm
Values: CHF 1.00, 1.50, 2.00