This was found at a flea market in Fredericksburg, Virginia - one of the most interesting and exciting finds I've come across. The goblet below is made by Fritz Heckert. The portrait on the front is that of Otto von Bismarck, considered the founder of the German Empire. He was the Prime Minister of Prussia from 1862 to 1873, and was the German Chancellor from 1871 to 1890. The goblet is engraved on the back with the initials E and G intertwined, which stand for Emile Grauert, who was mayor of the city of Weehawken, New Jersey from 1910 until he died in office in 1931. Upon his death, his wife, Clara was sworn in to her late husband's office as mayoress, and she served until the newly elected Democratic mayor took office less than a year later. She died in 1934.
On March 16th, 1918, (St. Patrick's Day) a testimonial banquet was held in Mayor Emile Grauert's honor, at which the goblet below was presented to him as a "token of esteem from his loyal friends." I don't know why the Heckert goblet was chosen, but one can imagine it could be because of the mayor's resemblance to Otto von Bismarck? Another interesting fact that may or may not have any bearing - the dinner was held in a place called "Gerbel Hall". This building housed the headquarters of the German-Russian Death and Sickness Benefit Society of Hudson County, according to a 1911 advertisement for the hall that can be found here: http://www.weehawkenhistory.org/view_item.php?id=88247&back=0&category=
Incredibly, the goblet came with an original program/menu from the testimonial dinner, on the inside of which several comments were made by the friends of the mayor. There is also a quote by the mayor himself. As a collector of Bohemian glass (as well as some of the German firms such as Heckert and Poschinger), and a lover of "things with a history", this piece made my day!
The goblet has been well cared for, and is in pristine condition for a piece that is 110 years old! It is 8.25 inches high, 4.00 inches wide at the mouth, and 4.25" wide at the base. It weighs 1 lb. 7.1 ounces. It is properly marked on the bottom - F.H. 4864. Beneath the portrait of Otto von Bismarck are the dates of his birth (1 April 1815) and death (30 July 1895). Bismarck actually died on 30 July 1898 at the age of 83, so the artist actually made an error. Please enjoy the photos and comments below, and thanks for stopping by!
Beautifully enameled portrait
Emile Grauert's initials engraved on the reverse
Dates for Otto von Bismarck - the date of this death is wrong - he actually died in 1898.
Fritz Heckert Mark on the bottom
Closeup of the engraved E and G intertwined
Front of the program for the testimonial dinner at which the goblet was presented to the mayor - March 16th, 1918.
The inside of the program - click on the photo and read some of the humorous comments - clearly the mayor was held in high esteem.
A pictorial menu on the back side of the program.
"FOR HIS RECORD, LOOK ABOUT YOU"
Emile Grauert's comment - Its all tommy-rot gentlemen, you must each explain this damn tom-foolery, and I'll bet you a good cookie you can't. - Emile W. Grauert
I like the one that says, "There are 309 reasons why I admire Emile W. Grauert. The first is, becuase he is a jolly good fellow. To hell with the other 308." Priceless!
Apparently, the mayor was a Republican!
Those that didn't make the typewritten graphics had to sign at the bottom - these signatures were printed along with the graphic at the top.
A photo of the goblet and program together.
Same thing - front view of the goblet
Enameled portrait of Otto von Bismarck
Some fast facts:
Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck was born 1 April, 1815, and died 30 July, 1898.
Emile W. Grauert was born 5 October, 1854, and died 20 April, 1931.
Clara Gauert was born 3 December, 1858, and died 3 February, 1934
A history of Otto von Bismarck can be found here:
More information on the Grauerts and their roles in the history of Weehawken, New Jersey may be found here: