To understand more about goblets and learn more about their history, it is best to begin with a point of reference and definition. And for these purposes, a goblet can be any of several drinking vessels that have a bowl-shaped main body that is on the top of a stem that leads to a base. The origin of the goblet is not precisely known, as it predates many societies in which artifacts are readily available. There is Biblical reference to goblet use as well as an understanding that they had been used well into ancient times. Since they were previously intended for every-day use, finding original goblets in a functional condition is difficult. The only real exception to this would be ceremonial goblets. Due to their specific nature, these goblets would have endured far less use and may have been made of higher quality materials which would allow them to age better and possibly still exist to be found.
Wine goblets have been made from nearly every available material throughout the ages. Modern ones are frequently made of pressed or blown glass. The more expensive goblets are created from leaded or higher quality crystal. Those of older generations would have been made by whatever was requested, common, or more easily shaped into a drinking vessel. Goblets have been created out of wood and forged out of different types of metal. Others have been carved from ivory or created from stone or made from pewter. Another type is pottery wine goblets, although these seem to be one of the previously more popular creations but somewhat specialized currently.
When considering the use of goblets, the common thought is that they are used for wine or some similar beverage. Today, goblets are usually only brought out for special occasions and put away just as quickly upon its conclusion. In ancient times, however, goblets were the common drinking vessel. Many goblets of the time would be specially created to fulfill a specific niche, be it unique occasion, ceremony or standard use. It would also be apparent in the goblet’s quality and what materials were used as to its purpose and the economic situation of its owner.
In modern times, goblets are both a useful item and an object to add to collections. In either case, they are still a highly recognized item within our society. Whether you enjoy wine in a creative glass or enjoy the look of brilliantly adorned and fine detail crafted drinking vessels in your personal collection, realize there are many different goblets available in the world and their use is a continuation of history and heritage.