Every Day Objects

“Zwingli’s Weapons”

Description The Reformer Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531) died in the battle of Kappel on 11 October 1531. A “Schnellgericht” (court) declared him as a heretic while he was still lying on t...

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Trunk With a Fragment of a Late Medieval Altar Picture

Description The trunk with the painted front raises a couple of questions hard to answer. It came to the museum in 1899 from a private owner in Steffisburg; the former use of it is unknown. It rest...

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Donation Can of the “Fremdlingen Armen” Deaconry

Description The deaconry of the ”Fremdlingen Armen” was founded by the East Frisian countess Anna in 1553, in preparation for the arrival of parts of the London “Fremdenkirche&rdq...

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Double Goblet, so-called “Lutherpokal”. Gift from John the Constant, Elector of Saxony (1468-1532) to Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Description The Historisches Museum Basel owns a set of drinking vessels made out of curled wood, which were common in Germany and Switzerland from the 13th century onwards. These cups, also known ...

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Great Esther chest

Description The extensive and lavish carved chest by Hans Gudewerth the Elder from Eckernförder, the framed images of which tell the story of Esther in detail, is just one of many chests in th...

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Zurich’s Oldest Portrait Glass Pane

Description It is no coincidence that the portrait of Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575), the successor of Zwingli in Zurich, is found on Zurich’s oldest portrait glass pane. The typical Sw...

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Curiosity and Warning

Description A rich Renaissance architecture forms the frame and the stage for the illustration of an Old Testament scene on a stove tile from Winterthur: On the roof terrace of his castle King Davi...

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Head Piece of a Bed from the Luther Room at Veste Coburg

Description The first visitor to the Veste Coburg came to visit “Dr. Luthers rooms” a few years after Martin Luther’s death. The bed in his room is mentioned in the inventory of t...

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Notebook of John the Constant with Sermon Notes in His Own Hand

Description According to an entry in the Coburg inventory this little book is a record of a Luther sermon which Vicky, the oldest daughter of Prince Albert of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha and Queen Vict...

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Plate Representing the Whore of Babylon

Description This plate was produced in Limoges, a city that specialised in the high-quality production of enamelled objects from the middle of the 12th century onwards. The inscription “COVRT...

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