Antique Early German Westerwald Stoneware Beer Stein Saxony dated 1814. Description: The beer steins made before (or around) 1800 are quite rare - at that time, before the industrial revolution, the production was all manual. Every stein made in the early period was unique, decorated by hand and rarely replicated.
This beautiful stein was made in late 1700s - early 1800s, it is guaranteed old give ot take 10 years. It is made in a very traditional style of grey stoneware with cobalt-blue glaze. This is a very traditional beer drinking vessel - a type that was produced for over centuries, from mid-1600s to mid-1800s. The production of saltglazed stoneware beer steins in the Westerwald region of Germany reached the highest quality by the end of 18th century.The center of the stein features a crown with F. The initials are most likely the the initials of the original owner who actually ordered the stein for himself. The decorations are etched into the clay with a sharp instrument, glazed with cobalt-blue glaze, fired and saltglazed. I have in my inventory a very similar stein - almost identical body - with Saxony Coat-of-Arms incised and initials C. That stein is older than this one if we judge by the date engraved on the lid. However, it is quite possible that the stein was made earlier and the engravings on the lid were made when the stein changed it's owner. The lid is pewter with a hollow ball thumblift - this type of thumblifts was used throughout entire 1700s and disappeared in the early 1800s. The lid is marked with the pewterer's marks on the inside - I was able to identify these marks. They belong to Master peweterer Christian Gottlieb Hegemeister who worked in the city of Dresden in Saxony in late 1700s - early 1800s.
The date "1708" is the date of establishing the shop. The stein is in excellent shape - there is no damage or repairs to the body - no lines, chips or repairs. The lid is in a perfect shape as well.
This is a rare condition for the stein this old. The stein stands 8.5 tall to the top of the thumblift, about 1L capacity.Please note - I have a very similar stein - almost matching pair made a little later (or not) dated 1814. Please look for my auctions. If someone is interested in both I will give 10% discount. Year: late 1700s - early 1800s. 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.
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