Iron Maiden of Nurnberg is listed in The Beer Stein Book, 3d Edition, by Kirsner on page 311 as Iron Maiden. 5L, stoneware, blue salt glaze, Theodor Wieseler, c. This stein was produced by Merkelbach & Wick for distribution by Theodor Wieseler, a Nürnberg dealer, and is typically bottom-marked T.
The Iron Maiden was a torture device used in mideval times and this model is essentially of the same shape as the one used in Nurnberg, Germany. The interior was lined with spikes and when the victim was placed inside and the door closed certain death ensued. Although a number of examples still exist, perhaps the most famous was the Iron Maiden of Nuremberg , which was destroyed in 1944 by Allied bombing.
The stein is 8 1/2 inches tall and the base is 3 1/2 inches diameter. CONDITION : There is what looks to be a manufacturing imperfection on the edge of the base - the edge is not perfectly flat and curves a bit (see images #10-13). It's not very noticeable when the stein is sitting.
Otherwise the stein is in great shape. Ich alte Nürnbergerin bracht' sonst den Tod. Jetzt helf' ich durst'gen aus der Nod. I old woman of Nürnberg once brought death.
Now I help rescue the thirsty. The item "Rare Antique Merkelbach & Wick IRON MAIDEN Character Figural German Beer Stein" is in sale since Friday, November 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "bluesfreak2112" and is located in Lynwood, California.
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