This brown-glazed "Birnkrug" or "pear-shaped stein" in German, was very popular during the first half of 1800s. The Muskau factory produced them in large quantities in all kinds of sizes. This one is quite large - it stand 15 tall and holds 5 liter of brew. The Muskauer stoneware was slightly lighter with thinner walls than it's Westerwald counterpart, but still very sturdy and strong.
The stein is decorated with floral motives in the central frieze higlighted with black glaze - the distinctive Muskau type of decor. The lid is pewter with urn-shaped thumblift and five-ring closed type hinge - the absolute signs of pre-industrial production. The stein is in a very good shape for the age. There is a couple of short tight hairline at the neck and a few minor flakes on the upper rim but no other damage to the body or the lid.The lid is sitting pretty tight. The stein displays nicely, it's a beautiful and significant historical beer vessel.
The stein is large and impressive, 15 tall to the top of the thumblift, about 5 L capacity. Title: Antique Early German Saltglazed Stoneware Beer Stein Birnkrug Muskau c.
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