Golden Age goblet found in shipwreck goes on show on Texel

Photo: Museum Kaap Skil
Photo: Museum Kaap Skil

A silver gilt ornamental goblet found in the wreckage of a 17th century vessel has been restored and will go on show on the island of Texel from Saturday.

The object, which experts think was made by one of the master silversmiths of Neurenberg at the end of the 16th century, was broken in three parts, partly flattened and corroded by the sea water.

Despite its centuries on the bottom of the sea, restorers managed to uncover floral patterns on the goblet as well as a so-called mascarons, or faces with a frightening expression, and a depiction of the war god Mars.

The goblet is one of a number of objects that were salvaged from what marine archaeologists think was a trade ship from Amsterdam which sailed the Mediterranean Sea. It perished in the Wadden Sea near the coast of the island of Texel and was found, in almost pristine condition, by local divers in 2014.

The name of the ship has not yet been discovered and it was dubbed the Palmhout wreckage because of its cargo of boxwood from Greece which was used in furniture making.

Among the objects was also a collection of expensive silver threaded cloth and a complete silk gown, a very rare find as  hardly any 17th century clothing has survived in this condition in the world.

The Kaap Skil museum on Texel hold an exhibition of all the objects found on the ship in 2022.

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