Antique Mettlach Villeroy & Boch. This is a beautifully etched. 5 Liter stein by Villeroy and Boch in Mettlach, Germany in 1898. It depicts the four suits on German playing cards: bells, hearts, leaves and acorns.
Ob du Verlust hast, ob Gewinn, mit leichtem Sinn nimm Beides hin. Whether you have a loss or a win, accept both with lightheartedness.
The top inlay has a barley and hops relief and the thumb lift also depicts these two primary beer ingredients. This would make a fantastic addition to your collection! On the bottom, it has the standard Mettlach Abby/Tower mark along with the Villeroy & Boch mark and a faded Mercury mark. There is also GEGEN NACHBILDUNG protected against copying and the mold # 1394. It also has 35 markings for quality control and 98 year code 1898.
The stein measures 6-1/2'' to the top of lid and 7-3/4 at the thumb lift with a diameter of 4 1/4 at the base. This stein has been well-cared for and is in very good condition for a 123-year-old piece - there are no cracks, chips or crazing. It does show some wear in the normal places and the pewter. Lid has a beautiful patina. There are a couple small dark spots on the lid along with minor discoloring on the inside of the lids inlay please see the photos.
I have not cleaned this more than a dusting with a soft cloth. The item "Antique Mettlach Villeroy & Boch Beer Stein 1394.5L German Cards 1898" is in sale since Monday, August 16, 2021.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "smyates1" and is located in Herndon, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.