ago, in old Nuernberg, the nobel mistress Kunigunde fell in love
with a young and ambitious goldsmith. Although Kunigunde's wealthy
father (a powerful nobleman) did not approve of this pair, it
was clear that she only wanted the goldsmith to be her husband
as she refused many titled and rich suitors who asked for her
hand in marriage.
Her father became so enraged that he had the young
goldsmith thrown into the darkest dungeon. Not even his daughter's
bitter tears would change her father's mind.
To her father's dismay, imprisoning the young man
did not end his daughter's love for the goldsmith. Instead, he
could only watch as his daughter grew paler and paler as a result
of the separation from her true love.
The wealthy nobleman reluctantly made the following
proposal: He told his daughter, "If your goldsmith can make
a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without
spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become
Of course he was certain nobody could perform such
Inspired by love and with skillful hands, the young
goldsmith created a masterpiece. He sculpted a girl with a smile
as beautiful as his own true love's. Her skirt was hollowed to
serve as a cup. Her raised arms held a bucket that swivels so
that it could be filled and then swung towards a second drinker.
The challenge was met. The goldsmith and the nobleman's
daughter joined hands in marriage and with the bridal
cup set forth a romantic and memorable tradition as charming
today as it was originally hundreds of years ago.
To this day and to many couples the chalice remains
Love, faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from
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