May 6th, 2016

Princely Treasures – German silver smithery. 3 original stamps released by Liechtenstein Post is glad to inform our readers that Liechtenstein Post is continuing the "Princely Treasures" stamp series by presenting three items of German 17th century silver smithery.

These items are considered to be one of the most important and valuable treasures ever known to the people. The stamps depict the following costly silver smithery treasures.

The "Sailing Boat" (face value: CHF 1.00) is a grand drinking vessel on four wheels with a drinking tube on its bow. Since the 14th century vessels of this kind served as a prestigious table requisite and were also used later during drinking games.

The same applies to "Diana on a Stag" (face value: CHF 1.50), a masterpiece of gold smithery and a sophisticated item of the dining culture at court. Running gear in the base moved the drinks dispenser across the table. The guest seated where the drinking vessel came to a standstill had to drink out of it. The more the animal's belly emptied, the greater was the risk that the whole contents would be spilled over the person's face and clothing much to the amusement of the other guests.

Animal housings also repeatedly served this handicraft as objects and were transformed into spectacular works of art by being mounted in special ways. The "Turbo Shell Cup" (face value: CHF 2.00) was made out of silver, partially gilded with gold and adorned with many artistic details. The special perforation and the elaborate print on silver foil literally make this issue shine.

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