Description: This very interesting German beer stein belongs to the family of character steins - steins made in a shape of an object or person. They are also called "figural". This particular one is made in a shape of a man wearing a skull cap and a coat with fur collar.
His head forms the lid. He looks like a rich man - a popular figure in character beer steins. Maybe he is a monk - but except for a rosary in his hand nothing else indicates it.
Made of the very traditional saltglazed cobalt-blue stoneware with pewter mounts. Judging by the closed type hinge, it is one of the early character steins manufactured in late 1860s. Gerz founded the company in 1857 in Hoehr, Westerwald region of Germany. And started producing stoneware in 1862. The character steins from 1860s are quite rare!There is no chips, cracks or other damage, the stein is in excellent condition. It is 7 tall to the top of the thumblift, 0,5L capacity. Please note - I have even more rare and very attractive large 1L version of this stein. Please look through my auctions! Get Images that Make Supersized Seem Small. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. Use the FREE Counters 1 million sellers do - Vendio! The item "Antique German Character Beer Stein Rich Man or Monk by S. 1860s" is in sale since Saturday, February 6, 2016.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "beer-stein" and is located in New York.This item can be shipped worldwide.