The stoneware produced in Germany, especially in the Westerwald region was technologically superior to all the ceramics in the world at this time (except, probably, porcelain). The stein is decorated with incised geometrical decor and cobalt-blue glaze.It has a ball-shaped body with a round base and long neck - this form is traditionally called "Enghalskanne" or "long neck pitcher". Most of the stein made in 1600s - early 1700s has some applied decorations, but there were some with only the incised ones as well. The shape of the stein, the pewter and specifically the petrification of the stoneware - all points to the early 18th century production. The lid is pewter with scalloped thumblift - typical for the period of the late 1600s - early 1700s, and five-ring closed type hinge. The specific way the rings are set - they are thin with some larger gaps between - indicate the early 1700s as well. I have provided a picture of a very similar - almost identical - stein/pitcher from the late 1600s, taken from the late Johannes Vogt catalog. This one is a little later production, but clearly very close. The stein is in excellent shape - a very rare condition for a ceramics piece over 300 years old. There are no cracks, hairlines, chips or repairs. There is a glaze burnt spot on the side - a manufacturing glitch, not later damage. Interesting to notice that the one from the Vogt catalog has almost the same.
The lid is sitting pretty tight. The stein is 13 tall to the top of the thumblift, 2.5L capacity. Condition: Excellent w/minor manufacturing glitch. Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva.