Antique German MERKELBACH WICK Ceramic Figural Character Sir Falstaff Beer Stein. Today we are happy to offer for sale a rare antique Merkelbach & Wick Sir John Falstaff ceramic figural beer stein! The firm of Merkelbach & Wick was founded in 1872 in the town of Grenzhausen in the Westerwald by Friedrich Wilhelm Merkelbach II and Georg Peter Wick. They produced beer steins and other ceramic products under that name until 1921 when the heirs of the founders went their separate ways.
At that point the firm was converted to a joint stock company operating under the name Wick-Werke AG, which remained in business until 1984. Sir John Falstaff is a fictional character who is mentioned in four plays by William Shakespeare and appears on stage in three of them.
Though primarily a comic figure, Falstaff still embodies a kind of depth common to Shakespeare's major characters. The character was very popular in Germany as a beer drinking symbol. This beer stein is finely crafted and detailed of finely molded ceramic stoneware pottery with salt glazed finish.
The handled stein is shaped in the likeness of Sir John Falstaff who is depicted wearing a traditional Renaissance knight's outfit. Falstaff holds his belt with his protruding gut sticking out. He smiles coyly and wears a feathered hat. The piece is glazed in gray and blue. The lid is hinged to the body with pewter mounts and features an ornate thumb press.
The piece is marked on the bottom with the Merkelbach & Wick mark. Stein presents well and is in very good antique condition, with very minor wear and patina commensurate with age. The lid is slightly loose within pewter mount. This figural stein will make an outstanding addition to any antique beer stein collection.Dimensions: 6-7/8" in height, 5-5/8" in length, 4-1/4 in diameter. Item(s) will be professionally packed to prevent damage in transit. Feel welcome to message us with further questions or requests for more images, and thank you for looking! Your satisfaction is important to us. It will be our pleasure to leave you great feedback in return!
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The item "Antique German MERKELBACH WICK Ceramic Figural Character Sir Falstaff Beer Stein" is in sale since Wednesday, September 25, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "ri2u" and is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped worldwide.