Antique German Stoneware Beer Stein Rare Subject Hunter Funeral Regensburg c1860
Antique German Stoneware Saltglazed Beer Stein Rare Subject – Hunter’s Funeral Regensburg c. Description: This type of very old German beer steins is traditionally called “Regensburg” type, by the name of the region where it was first produced, even though the majority of them were produced in Westerwald region. These steins are different from the very traditional Westerwald beer vessels – they did not use cobalt-based glaze, so the steins keep natural clay color. In Germany, they call them “Model” steins referring to the method of manufacturing. These steins were press-molded to a wooden form, they were turned afterward to make the insides round, then they were fired and the salt was applied to create the very solid surface. The subject of this stein is quite unusual. It shows a funeral procession of animals instead of humans – deer, foxes, hares, boars carry a coffin, apparently with a hunter inside. The hunter’s horse and dogs are following the procession. This is a very old folk motif – I don’t know it’s exact meaning, but it was a subject of several ballads and old songs. It is usually connected with the humor of reversing roles, but there could be some other meanings, including pre-Christian animalistic motifs. The lid is pewter, with the thumblift made in a form of a heron. The heron with his head down was a symbol of mourning, so maybe the stein was ordered to commemorate someone’s death – some hunter, likely. The inscription on the top is hard to read, but I was able to decipher it. It says: “Ihm ist wohl, uns ist besser” – (He is fine, we are better) The lid is also engraved with initials M. And a picture of a boot. That means the owner of the stein was a shoemaker – which puts the stein into the highly collectable “occupational” category. It is quite possible that he was also a hunter. The stein is circa the 1860s. It has a three-ring open type hinge and the heron thumblift sitting on the lid – typical for the late 1860s. The stein is in excellent condition – a rare thing for a stein this old. On the other hand – this type of stoneware is extremely hard and sturdy. The traditional cobalt-blue stoneware tends to release inner tensions more frequently, resulting in hairlines. The natural color stoneware is usually free of this problem. Nice and impressive antique beer vessel with over 150 years of history behind it. It is 6.5 tall to the top of the thumblift, 0.5L capacity. Height: 6.5 in. Get images that make Supersized seem small. Track Page Views With.
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