The mohel may use a cup or cups as part of the brit milah ceremony. I
have these cups as examples:
German silver cups are from the late 19th or early 20th
century. One cup is inscribed with Kos Shel (cup of) Metzizah and the other cup with Kos Shel Bracha.
The first inscription refers to the Metzizah, the practice of oral suction from the
circumcision wound. The second cup is for a wine blessing.
The double barrel was a popular German design for circumcision and
marriage cups. Examples exist from as early as the 1700s.
Caution: it is likely that the inscriptions are not original
to the cups and were added later.
The pair of silver
circumcision cups on the right have Amsterdam hallmarks from
1853. The cups are gilded inside. Unlike the cups
above, an expert antiques dealer judged the inscriptions
are two cups. On the left is a Metzizah cup. Two crowned animals flank
the cartouche. There are crescent moon and crown hallmarks
which identify the cup as German. There is an additional
mark from the silver maker Bruckmann and Söhne, circa
On the right is a cup engraved in Swedish. Dated 1951, the
cup is from the child's grandfather and aunt.
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