The stein The stein depicts what appears to be two German Landsknecht playing dice with a man watching on one side and a woman watching on the other. It is signed by Mettlach designer Fritz Quidenus.The lid features in pottery etched inlay depicting a turnip and pipe, and the pewter thumb lift is in the form of a woman's bust. This stein body is larger than most 1/2L steins, closer in size to a 1L. The bottom of the stein features the Mettlach abbey mark and the date code of "01" for 1901. The stein measures approximately 9 tall to the top of the pewter thumb lift. There are no chips, cracks, or hairline, but there is a tiny nick out of the pewter inside rim around the lid inlay (see 7th photo).
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Please contact with any questions. The item "Antique Mettlach 1/2L German Beer Stein Gamblers Stein #2441 Dated 1901" is in sale since Monday, December 17, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "cyberianhuskylover" and is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
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