Large Antique German Regensburg Beer Stein King Gambrinus w/Humorous Porcelain Lid Inlay c. Description: This type of very old German beer steins is traditionally called the "Regensburg" type, by the name of the region where it was first produced, even though the majority of them were produced in the Westerwald region. These steins are different from the very traditional Westerwald beer vessels - they did not use cobalt-based glaze so the steins keep natural clay color. In Germany, they call them "Model" steins referring to the method of manufacturing.
They were produced from the 1850s to the late 1870s. These steins were press-molded to a wooden form, they were turned afterward to make the insides round, then they were fired and the salt was applied to create the very solid surface. The stein is circa the mid- to late-1870s. The relief decor in front of the stein shows King Ga mbrinus - the legendary inventor of hopped malt beer. The lid is pewter with a porcelain inlay showing a gentleman drinking from a beer stein while three more and a full barrel are waiting for him to finish.
My German is not that good to translate it perfectly, but I guess the point could be recognized. The stein is in excellent condition - a rare thing for a stein this old.
On the other side - this type of stoneware is extremely hard and sturdy. The traditional cobalt-blue stoneware tends to release inner tensions more frequently resulting in hairlines. The natural color stoneware is usually free of this problem.
There are some minor firing lines and other small manufacturing flaws - the pottery was mostly a manual job, - but no damage or repairs whatsoever. Nice and impressive antique beer vessel with about 150 years of history behind it. It is quite large and impressive - it stands 8 tall to the top of the thumblift, 1L capacity. Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva.