A Lignum Vitae Wassail Bowl
A Lignum Vitae Wassail Bowl

A Lignum Vitae Wassail Bowl

c. 1690 England

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The first mention of a wassail bowl was in the thirteenth century, a vessel in which revelers dipped cakes and fine bread. The practice of floating crisps of bread in the wassail bowl gave rise to our use of "toast" as a drinking salutation. Craftsmen fashioned the wassail bowl from materials that could withstand heavy use, such as wood or pewter. The very wealthy sometimes had them crafted in precious metals or carved from decorative stone.
Height 23.00 cm (9.06 inches)
Diameter 20.00 (7.87 inches)
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