Cup, Ehrenbecher, Germany


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Ehrenbecher cups, also known as Honor Goblets, were a product of the popular silver cups given to individuals for achievements in a wide variety of fields from circa 1890 to the end of World War II. The cups had no specific standard, and were simply commissioned by any entity that wished to award one.

Before the cups became popular as "Ehrenbechers", they were awarded to German aces during World War I. They were highly prized trophies, comparable with an official bravery medal. These cups could be given for a variety of reasons, such as the commemoration of a pilot's first aerial victory, and were also unofficially awarded by Allied troops as a sentimental gift to highly admired commanders or on special occasions.

This particular goblet was awarded for a German Air Service victory.

Following World War II these honor goblets fell out of favor, most likely due to their war-time association with the Nazi party.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by Frank Molitor


Overall: Silver


3-D: 19.5 × 9.3cm (7 11/16 × 3 11/16 in.)

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Physical Description

This German Air Service silver vicoty goblet or "Ehrenbecher" is engraved with two eagles and embossed letter text "DEM SIEGER IM LUFTKAMPF" on the bottom of the cup. It rests on four silver ball feet.



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