Dice glass, Holland, 17th century. Gilt silver, glass H 16.7 cm Ø 7.2 cm. CABINET OF CURIOSITIES-HONOURABLE SILVER OBJECTS at BRAFA 2021.
Instead of having a normal base, this glass is mounted on a silver gilt cage with a flower on top and with a silver gilt dice. The object was used in a drinking game, where the glass had to be emptied as often as the dice indicated. Dice glasses without a foot but often with a silver mount were popular in the second half of the 16th century and throughout the 17th century. It was also known as a 'drink-up' - a glass that had to be placed on the table upside-down, preferably empty.