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Flat, clear vessels with broad areas of smooth glass were made in the 1500s to accommodate demand for enabled decoration.
This is over a foot tall, and was made to hold beer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was also shared on festive occasions, and noted humanist Erasmus gives this advice to his readers in On Good Manners for Boys:
"Chew your food before you drink and do not raise the cup to your lips without first wiping them with a napkin or cloth, especially if someone offers you his cup when drinking from a common cup."
Beaker with the Arms of Puchner (Stangenglas), 1587, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.