Out of a private collection, for sale is a, Villeroy & Boch, Mettlach Stein #1786, St Florian Beer Stein, 1/2 Liter. Unfortunately, the Dragon's head is missing. Dragon body is stunning with intricately detailed claws gripping the German Beer Stein. This Stein was made by one of the Premier German Stein Maker of Germany and their pieces are highly sought after by collectors. Is beautifully pictured on the Stein and is the Patron Saint of Fire Fighters and Chimney Sweeps....As you can see, all the writing is in German. With crisp and clear lettering with great attention to detail. About 8 from bottom to top peak of lid. About 4 in diameter at base.
Condition of the Stein, less the Dragon's head missing is gently used, but in very good condition. Even though the Dragon's head is missing, this Rare German Stein is a real "Looker" from any angle and displays beautifully. There is a very small chip on base (see photos) or may be a firing blemish? Inside Stein is real clean.Some spots inside lid, the detail and patina of the lid outside is stunningly detailed. The Hallmarks are crisp, clear and very readable (See pics). The text on the body reads: Hilf Du Heil'ger Florian. Wir Fanger'S Zweite Löeschen An " which translates to : "Help thou Holy Florian. We are beginning the second dousing.
Florian was an officer of the Roman army who, after confessing his Christianity, was scourged, set on fire, and finally thrown into the river Enns with a stone around his neck. His recovered body was eventually removed to the Augustinian Abbey of St. Florian is regarded as the patron of firefighters and is invoked as a protector from danger of fire.
The second dousing has a double meaning - one is likely the ability of beer to extinguish thirst. The item "Mettlach Stein #1786 St Florian Beer Stein Dragon 1/2L German" is in sale since Sunday, May 23, 2021.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "lucky744iow" and is located in Enola, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.