Drinking glasses depicting the Cape of Good Hope and Batavia

Engraved drinking glass was very popular in the Netherlands in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The engravings usually commemorate births, weddings, political events, and about trade enterprises. The bodies of these drinking glasses were engraved with scenes of floral and fauna, large trading ships, and tropical islands. The inscription states the destination of the voyage by the Dutch traders; one glass is inscribed with Batavia and the other mentioned, Cape of Good Hope. These were two key trading outposts of the Dutch East India Company (VOC; Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.