Important wassail bowl turned in lignum vitae, second half of 17th century. standing on flat foot having deep straight sided edge rising through four steps.
Medium height, smooth, slightly waisted stem supporting bowl with flat base to underside, straight sided slightly flared tall bowl having fine slightly everted rim.
Wassail bowl of very smooth, simple elegant form, showing excellent patination and colour. Collectors label to underside: A J Levi 898
16cm at the rim
Wassailing goes back to Pagan times, wassailing and wassail bowls are often associated with Christmas festivities.
Wassailing is group or community ceremonial drinking from a single cup or bowl on specific dates and festivities, typically: Shrove Tuesday, Halloween, Christmas Eve
and the blessing of harvests and fruits.
There are many songs and rhymes about wassailing, all fascinating.
most wassail drinks consisted of ale, sugar, spices and egg whites.