In Germany, they call them "Model" steins referring to the method of manufacturing. They were produced from the 1850s to the late 1870s.
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 stein is circa the mid- to late-1867s. The relief decor in front of the stein shows King Ga mbrinus - the legendary inventor of hopped malt beer. The lid is pewter with a porcelain inlay showing a man in bed with two ladies taking off his nightgown. The inscription reads: " Er soll alle Stunden 1 Essloffel voll nehmen ist aber vorher erst tuchtig zu schüsseln " (He should take 1 tablespoonful every hour, but he has to be scooped up beforehand).
My German is not that good to understand the humor of it but I guess there is a word play - it's the medicine that should be scooped, not the patient. The stein is in excellent condition - a rare thing for a stein this old. On the other side - 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. There are some minor firing lines and other small manufacturing flaws - the pottery was mostly a manual job, - but no damage or repairs whatsoever.Nice and impressive antique beer vessel with about 150 years of history behind it. It is quite large and impressive - it stands 10 tall to the top of the thumblift, over 1L capacity. Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "beer-stein" and is located in this country: US.