A valuable art object
» The original is in the Württemberg State Museum
For a long time the famous Cup of the Schenken was kept in the New Palace, the present town hall. Presently it is on permanent loan from a noble family in the Württemberg State Museum where it was taken just in time to survive the turmoil of war undamaged. The cup of the Schenken is one of the most precious preserved art objects from the history of the Schenken von Limpurg.
It is a lidded goblet made of guilded and enameled silver, 58.5 cm high and weighing 2 kilogrammes. Schenk Christof III (1531 - 1574) performed the cupbearer’s ceremony at the coronation of Emperor Maximilian II 1562 in Frankfurt and in return for this service he was given the cup by the Emperor.
The replica of the Cup of the Schenken created by state conservator Peter Heinrich in 2000 is one of the main attractions of the new opened town museum, which is housed in the Old Palace.