This is an antique Mettlach 5.2L etched and incised German beer stein, mold #2205, entitled Hunters and Diana Drinking. The stein shows in wonderful detail Diana, who is the Roman goddess of hunting, chastity and the moon, drinking with a group of German hunters, who appear to be dressed in brightly colored outfits with slashed sleeves similar to the outfit of Landsknechte (German feudal knights). There is a French word on the stein that translates to Kill! " and a German phrase on the stein which translates to "Game and forest, wine and women are beautiful pastimes. The stein has a fantastic figural squirrel finial on the inlaid lid.The Mettlach abbey mark and mold number are on the bottom of the stein along with the year of production, 1895. This stein measures 18.5 tall to the top of the squirrel finial. The ears of the squirrel have been professionally restored, and not noticeable at all, but must be disclosed of course. There was also a very small inner rim chip under the lid, which was also professionally repaired and is invisible. There is some slight abrasion and roughness around the bottom rim of the stein, which I would not characterize as damage, but wanted to point out for clear understanding and disclosure.
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