A large goblet, often decoratively engraved and sometimes lidded, used for drinking toasts and (occasionally) as a loving cup.
[1827G. ThompsonTrav. 118Even..the richest, and most polished class of Cape Dutch gentry, are still but too frequently disgraced by hard drinking and riotous mirth — and the pokaalie cup..too often drowns both reason and refinement.]
1870‘S.R.N.’ inCape Monthly Mag.I. Nov. 306One of the principal guests rises and holding in his hand a ‘bokhal’ filled to the brim.
1904Cape Times Christmas No. 15 (Pettman)One hour later we were in the old voorhuis together drinking bokals and making the rafters ring with song and tale and laughter.
1910D. FairbridgeThat Which Hath Been (1913) 81The glou-glou of the wine as they poured it into the bokaal at each guest’s elbow.
1927C.G. BothaSocial Life in Cape Col. 41Before the guests rose from the table the health of the family was drunk by passing round a large ‘bokaal,’ or loving cup, which seldom held less than a pint...This large drinking glass made of the finest glass or crystal, was often beautifully engraved and had some appropriate motto or verse.
1951D. HellerIn Search of VOC Glass 74Types of V.O.C. glasses said to be genuine consist of goblets (bokalen) and baluster and/or knopped-stem wineglasses.
1966M. KuttelHildegonda Duckitt’s Bk of Recipes 2At Groot Constantia there would be great dinners in the enormous diningroom, with bokaals of fine wine making the round to toast after toast.