Antique German Porcelain Beer Stein Occupational Miller w/Lithophane c. Description: This beer stein belongs to the "occupational" family of German beer vessels. It was made for a miller who was very proud of his occupation. The steins of this sort were quite expensive at the time and could be compared with the regimental or "Reservisten" family of collectible antique beer steins.
The stein was made around 1880 - 1890 of hard porcelain with enameled art and ornate pewter lid. It is decorated with a nicely hand-painted over transfer outline of a pair of heraldic rampant lions holding a water wheel with other tools of the miller's's trade - millstone and grinding rolls. The name of the miller is written beneath: "Johann Hobmeier" The inscription reads: Hoch lebe das edle Handwerk der Muller!- Long live the noblde handcraft of the miller! The one at the very bottom says: "Eher soll die Welt verderben als vor Durst ein Muller sterben" - The world should come to an end before a miller should die of thirst.
The stein has a lithophane - a picture in the bottom that you can only see through light - showing a loving couple kissing. Most likely, it's a farewell kiss before the hunter goes to the mountains. The stein is in excellent condition, with only some minor age-related wear. There are no chips, cracks or lithophane crazing. The stein is 9.25 tall to the top of the finial, 0.5L capacity.I guarantee my description and dating! Condition: Excellent w/some minor wear. Get images that make Supersized seem small. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany".
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