Early German pottery stein made around mid-1700s. Known as Bunzlau brown ware, this earthenware brown-glazed beer stein was made in Bunzlau which is today part of Poland. Bunzlau was known as the city of good clay. Since every German town and region had its own unique methods and trade secrets, we are able to determine where a particular piece was made based on its appearance, style and the types of materials used to make the pottery. The shape is called Melonenkrug.Its round or melon- shaped body with triple band of furrows on the neck are a characteristic of Bunzlau stoneware, along with the lead-based brown glaze. White Tillendorf clay relief decorations were applied to the vessel that had already been slipped, and the white designs were left unglazed so they fired off-white. The inside of the stein is glazed white. The elaborate central motif on the front of this stein is that of a crowned double-headed eagle with a sword and scepter. Leaves and blossoms are the rest of the adornment. The pewter lid with a round thumblif has the same double-headed eagle design stamped into the metal along with the words PROB ZIN.
This stein stands 13 tall to the top of the thumblif. There is a crack in the neck and one on the foot, which is supported by the pewter rim around the foot, and a small chip in the handle. Otherwise very good condition overall for a stein over 250 years old.
This piece came from the estate of a collector. The item "Antique German Bunzlau Brown Earthenware Beer Stein Melonenkrug c. 1750s" is in sale since Monday, April 1, 2019.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "marjjenk" and is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.