Gilt Chalice Connects Two Generations of Clergymen

There’s a tradition when a man becomes a Catholic priest: Upon his ordination, he receives the tools necessary to celebrate Mass.
Often, his parents or a sponsoring Catholic organization like the Knights of Columbus will give the new priest a chalice.

When one seminarian neared his ordination after nine years of studies, he set out to find the perfect chalice to celebrate the occasion. But when this seminarian, who describes himself as “pretty hardcore,” went in search of the perfect piece online, he was disappointed with what he found. New chalices tended to be made of brass with silver cups and were still very expensive, so he wanted to find an antique that was made entirely of precious metal. He was aware of specific dealers with large inventory of antique ecclesiastical items but prices were always very high. A search on eBay turned up nothing.

Then he found the perfect piece on a priest’s blog: a late 19th century Gothic style silver-gilt and jeweled chalice. But he couldn’t find any more information on it. After doing a Google image search, he found Lofty and the chalice he’d been looking for. The seller? A priest who’d received that very chalice when he was ordained in 1994.

The seminarian got in touch with us right away, first through Facebook and then by phone. He was thrilled to buy the piece and had it re-gilt and replaced one stone that was missing.

He used his new chalice when he gave his first Mass this past May.


WHAT: Continental Gothic style silver-gilt and jeweled chalice with silver-gilt paten, late 19th century

WHO: A priest who acquired the chalice for his 1994 ordination sold it to a seminarian in preparation of his 2014 ordination

SOLD FOR: $5,800 on Lofty