This is an antique Mettlach etched1L German Beer Stein, Mold #2500, entitled Drunken Landsknechte. The stein depicts a large barrel of beer or wine and a man serving the landsknecht who seems to be on the ground and wanting to drink right from the tap, while the other landsknecht is slumped over the barrel itself. The inlay lid shows a tomcat on top of a barrel.
The tomcat is a symbol for a hangover. The side panels depict roundels with gnomes within a mesh of hops vines and buds.The stein measures 10 1/2 tall to the top of the pewter thumblift. There are no chips, cracks, hairlines or pewter damage. There is a tiny bubble within the pottery on the inlay lid, which appears to be original to the manufacture and not damage to the piece. There also appears to be a tiny bubble in the outer portion of the inlay lid on the green area, which is glazed over, and appears original. Please see all photos closely as they are part of the description.
I have endeavored to describe the stein and condition to the best of my ability. One collector suggested that the lid may have been repaired. However, I have confirmed with Ron Fox (Fox Auctions) in person that this is not repaired and is original. He describes this stein as mint condition.
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