Antique German Stoneware Saltglazed Beer Stein Regensburg Schleswig-Holstein Unification c. Description: This type of very old German beer steins is traditionally called "Regensburg" type, by the name of the region where it was first produced, even though the majority of them were produced in Westerwald region. These steins are different from the very traditional Westerwald beer vessels - they did not use cobalt-based glaze so the steins keep natural clay color.In Germany, they call them "Model" steins referring to the method of manufacturing. These steins were press-molded to a wooden form, they were turned afterward to make the insides round, then they were fired and the salt was applied to create the very solid surface. The subject matter of this stein is quite interesting. It shows people two people embracing each other on the front medallion and soldiers on the sides. The people in front are holding banners with the words "Schleswig" and "Holstein". The inscription on top reads: "UP EWIG UNGEDEELT" which means "FOREVER UNDIVIDED" in the so called Middle Low German.
The one at the botoom reads: "GOTT RETTE DEUTSCHLAND" - "God Save Germany". The stein was made to commemorate a very important event - the reunification of the provinces (Duchies) of Schleswig and Holstein with Germany. It was the result of Danish-Prussian war that ended in 1864 that these lands that were previously under the Danish crown went to Prussian Germany. The Holstein was populated by mostly German-speaking people, the Schleswig by Danish speaking with the large German population.
That was a highly celebrated event with German nationalists in Prussia that at this time was leading of the unification of German-speaking people from different lands into one country. The stein is circa the 1860s - most likely it was made in 1864. It has a five-ring closed type hinge and the small ball thumblift sitting on the lid - typical for mid- 1860.
The stein is in excellent condition - a rare thing for a stein this old. On the other hand - this type of stoneware is extremely hard and sturdy. The traditional cobalt-blue stoneware tends to release inner tensions more frequently resulting in hairlines.The natural color stoneware is usually free of this problem. Please note - there are some roughness and firing impurities but they come naturally during manufacturing. They don't count as "conditions".
Nice and impressive historic beer vessel with over 150 years of history behind it! It is 6 tall to the top of the thumblift, 0.5L capacity. Get images that make Supersized seem small. The item "Antique German Stoneware Beer Stein Regensburg Schleswig-Holstein Union c. 1860s" is in sale since Sunday, November 7, 2021.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "beer-stein" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.