It is made in a very traditional style of grey stoneware with cobalt-blue glaze. This is a very traditional beer drinking vessel called "Walzenkrug" or "Cylindrical" stein - a type that was produced for over centuries, from the mid-1600s to the mid-1800s. The production of saltglazed stoneware beer steins in the Westerwald region of Germany reached the highest quality by the mid-18th century. The center of the stein shows a very nice and intricate decor in the form of a rosette surrounded by hearts.
The decorations are etched into the wet clay with a sharp instrument, glazed with cobalt-blue glaze, fired and saltglazed. The lid is pewter with hollow ball thumblift and large 5-ring closed type hinge. The lid is marked with pewter hallmarks consistent with the late 1700s dating. The stein is in a good shape - there is a very small chip on the upper edge see pic.
Followed by a tight almost invisible hairline. The chip is completely covered when the lid is closed. There are also some overfired glaze spots - this is normal for the saltglazed wares of the period. The lid is in excellent shape with some scratches but no damage or repairs to the pewter.
The stein is 8.5 tall to the top of the thumblift, 1L capacity. Condition: Very good - see description. Title: Antique Early German Westerwald Stoneware Beer Stein c. 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.