The front of the stein is engraved with two doves sitting on a heart. This is usually a symbol of a wedding. There is a number "3" atop of the heart - the stein most likely was a gift for the third anniversary of marriage.
The sides are engraved with beautiful floral ornaments. Nice pewter lid in perfect condition with beautiful and unusual thumblift and large 5-ring closed type hinge. The lid is typical for the period of 1810 - 1820s.It is engraved with the initials A. " and number "48 which is most likely the tavern number - back in old days, people kept their beer stein in the tavern they go, so they could drink from their own steins. They put numbers on lid for faster recognition. Actually, this habit is still alive in some places in Germany. The stein also has pontil mark on the bottom and a nice ornate foot ring. The stein is in excellent condition. It was most likely kept in a closed compartment and rarely used. The pewter is in perfect shape and the lid is sitting tight. I guarantee my description and dating. The stein is large and impressive, it is 9.5 tall to the top of the thumblift, 1L capacity. Auctiva offers Free Image Hosting and Editing. " and number "48 which is most likely the tavern number - back in old days, people kept their beer stein in the tavern they go, so they could drink from. 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. This item can be shipped worldwide.