The mohel may use a cup or cups as part of the brit milah ceremony. I
have these cups as examples:
silver cups are from the late 19th or early 20th century.
One cup is inscribed with kos shel (cup
and the other cup with kos shel bracha. The first inscription
refers to metzitzah, 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
The impressive box below and to the left is engraved Beryl
Raizman, Mohel Castalla. The box contains
two cups hallmarked Vienna 1856, shown below and to the right.
Both cups are inscribed in Hebrew, one for blessing and one
for metzizah. Each cup
is rather tall, 10 cm. There is also a glass and
tripod silver piece in this set.
To the right is a metzitzah
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 1930.
the right is a cup engraved in Swedish. Dated 1951, the
cup is from the child's grandfather and aunt.
here to learn more about metzitzah b'peh, a
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