|Title:||5 Litre German Beer Stein|
|Date/Era/Period:||Not sure - item was believed to be acquired in mid 1950s in Germany by a US soldier.|
|Item URL:||Click Here To View|
|Description:||A 5 litre German beer stein standing 21" tall (24" to tip of lid when closed). The stein has 3 panels depicting a loving couple in one panel, a rather regal lady in another, and a knight or armored soldier in the third. Under the panel with the lovers is an inscription. I believe it says "Trimer wirb - das Gludk ist (or isl) Muth". I am not sure I even got close so I provided a photo. The bottom has a triangular mark (again photo provided) plus a "5L" marking and "15 handgemell" in gold leaf or paint. I have included a link (below) to a photo album with over 15 detailed images of this stein.|
|Condition:||The item looks to be in good condition on the exterior. There appears to be a fairly long crack in the glazing on the inside (see photo). The crack appears to be in the glazing only and does not go through to the outside. There is also a 1/8" dot of missing glaze on the inside the handle near the top. I am not familiar with the manufacturing process but it would seem to correspond with a point where the stein might be hung during firing.|
|Origin:||The owner inherited it from a friend who passed away. The current owner said his friend had the stein as long as he knew him (approximately 30 years). He says the previous owner once told him he bought it in Germany when he was in the service. As near as we can figure, that would have been in the early to mid 1950's|
|Provenance:||To my knowledge the item was purchased in Germany in the 1950s and has been owned by the same person until his recent death.|
|Appraised By:||Judith Katz-Schwartz|
|Appraiser Comments:||The triangle mark on the bottom of your stein resembles the mark of the Duchov Porcelain Company of Bohemia. The company was opened in 1860 and is sitll in business. This mark was in use between 1918 and 1945.
The translation from the German was tough! The word "handgemell" means "In accordance with", and is most likely a German registry mark. Since the country of origin does not appear anywhere on the piece, it was either made before 1921 or not made for export to the West.
Of all the words in the inscription, the only one for which I could get a translation was "wirb", which means "recruit". Since the images include a queen, a soldier, and a pair of lovers, my conclusion is that the inscription says something to the effect that love is a better recruiter than the Queen.
Your stein is a lovely example of its genre, and appears to be in very good condition. The small glaze miss on the underside of the handle is a common manufacturing flaw, and will not detract substantially from the value of the stein. The hairline crack on the inside will lower the value slightly. However, the value of the stein is increased by its large size.
In the world of stein collecting, those depicting a partiuclar military regiment command the highest prices.
Since I am unable to examine this item in person, it is assumed for the purpose of this appraisal to be an early 20th century German 5 liter stein in very good condition, with no flaws aside from those previously mentioned. The values given below are based upon these assumptions.
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