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The Nuremberg Bridal Cup

May 1, 2009

The Nuremberg Bridal Cup is a centuries-old tradition based on German Folklore.

According to the legend, Kunigunde, a noble mistress in the town of Nuremberg, fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith and wanted to marry him instead of the many rich and titled suitors who already had asked for her hand. Kunigunde’s father, a powerful and wealthy man, was enraged and had the young man thrown into the darkest dungeon. However, this did not end his daughter’s love, and she became weak and pale as a result of the separation from her true love. The father reluctantly made a deal with his daughter: If the goldsmith could make a chalice from which two people could drink at the same time without spilling a single drop, her love would be freed and the couple could marry. Inspired by his love for Kunigunde, the goldsmith created a masterpiece. He fashioned a chalice in the shape of his true love with a hollow skirt that swiveled as a cup, and upraised arms that held a bucket from which a second drinker could sip. With the challenge met, the nobleman freed the young man and allowed the couple to marry.

To many couple in Germany and neighboring European countries, the chalice remains a symbol of love, faithfulness and good luck. The cup is used during the wedding toast traditionally given by the best man. Holding it upside down so that the skirt can be used as a cup, champagne or another beverage is first poured into the hollow skirt and then into the small swiveling cup underneath. The bride takes the smaller cup in hand while the groom holds the larger cup. The wedding couple simultaneously raises the cup to their lips to drink. If they drink without spilling a drop, they are ensured of a loving, faithful union with a lifetime of good luck.

Orders for the Nuremberg Cup can be placed with the Zermatt Gift Shoppe 866-ZERMATT (866-937-6288)

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