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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Blaw/Blue Chalice

The Chalice

This silver cup has been passed down from father to son in the Dutch Blue family since the 1600’s.

It was crafted by silversmith Jurian Blanck, New York City

The major Dutch BLUE family descends from a couple associated with the Dutch West India Company, Frederick Janss and Grietje Janss. They are believed to have originated in the northern part of The Netherlands and appear in the records of the Dutch Reformed Church in Recife, Brazil, in the year 1646. By 1651 they were in

New Amsterdam, where Frederick Janss received a grant of land. Their son, Jan Frederickse (John, son of Frederick) took on the surname BLAUW after the British took over the colony. Many of Jan’s descendants migrated to New Jersey, then westward to Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia (West Virginia). From these locations they spread throughout the United States and Canada.

From "The Chalice" Newsletter of the National Blue Family Association, Volume 28, No. 1, Winter 2010


  1. Ooh! I love the design around the bottom of the cup. Beautiful and what a treasure!

  2. Thanks, Lori. It is a wonderful treasure but not in my possession as my line doesn't fall into the "first born's line":( I do have a picture taken at a Blue reunion where I am holding it though:)

  3. Genealogist in BerkeleyNovember 8, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Just found this - I am a descendant of Jurian Blanck Sr, who was the first goldsmith of record in New Amsterdam, and a silversmith as well (plus a ship captain for the Dutch West India Company). His son Jurian Jr was also a silversmith, and most, if not all, of the Jurian Blanck pieces that I have been able to find (on the Internet) are his work. I'm no silver expert, so I don't know which is responsible for your family's treasure.

    How wonderful that this has been passed down through so many generations!

  4. It's great to hear from a descendant of the maker of the Blue's chalice. It was crafted with great care and has been cherished through many generation.