Antique Mettlach Villeroy/Boch Beer Stein Etched Elks Lodge BPOE #2936 c. Description: This absolutely fantastic stein was made by Villeroy and Boch in Mettlach in 1907. It is made in etched technique with a magnificent central image and side decorations in a wonderful Art Nouveau style. The stein is dedicated to the Elk Lodge or the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE).
It was made by Mettlach on the order from BPOE - an American fraternal order established in 1868 in New York City as a social club for minstrel show performers, called the "Jolly Corks". It was established as a private club to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns. The Elks borrowed rites and practices from Freemasonry. The ventral image shows the Coat of Arms of BPOE - the head of a magnificent elk with inscription underneath: "Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks" and "Cervus Aelces" in Latin. The clock in the middle shows 11 hours - the time every evening the order remembered deceased and absent members.
There are several Mettlach steins that were made on order from American universities, American towns and American breweries. This one is an interesting example of a Mettlach stein made for the fraternal order.. The stein is fully marked on the bottom with incised Mettlach tower mark, stamped Mettlach Mercury mark, mold number 2936 and "04" for the date of manufacturing 1904 according to Mettlach marking system. The lid is pewter with a very nicely decorated ceramic inlay showing elk's antlers.
The stein is in excellent mint condition. The stein is a full-size version, standing 9 tall, 0.5 L capacity.
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