hist-brewing: Mazer Cup reference?

Marc Shapiro mshapiro at nando.net
Sun Jun 30 17:32:27 PDT 1996


On Sat, 29 Jun 1996, Mike Munson wrote:

> Does anyone know the origin for the term "Mazer Cup", and if so what time
> period?

According to the book "Wassail!  In Mazers of Mead_ by Gayre & Nigg, pp 
140 - 141, the term is from a Middle English word relating to maple (the 
wood from which they were most commonly made).  The book also mentions 
the Icelanding word for maple tree, "mosurr" and the old French "maselin" 
which it says can be found in Chaucer.  The use of the style of cup, of 
course, the book points out goes back to antiquity, and they were not 
always made of carved wood, particularly in the later periods.

HTH

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