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Imperial German Naval Stein - Prinz Adalbert Cruiser

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Imperial German Naval Stein - Prinz Adalbert Cruiser
Absolutely lovely Imperial German Navy stein. Artwork includes a zeppelin and a very nice rendition of an armored cruiser in addition to the usual patriotic flags, stands of arms combined with soldiers drinking beer and working the ladies. I think he must have been a member of the cruise crew as the banner reads "An Bord S.M.S. Prinz Adelbert". Comparing to photographs of the Prinz Adalbert it is clear that this is the ship pictured on the stein. The fellow's name was Reservist Henschke and he is correctly shown at the top of the muster list after which it goes in alphabetical order. The large banner at the top reads "Wir dienten treu dem vaterland an fernen Nord u. Ostsee Strand" or "We faithful served the fatherland from the far north to the Baltic Sea coast". The bottom script reads "Volldampf Voraus! Jetzt gehts nach haus." or "Full speed ahead! We are going home." Clearly a reference to service time being finished. The top of the handle reads "'Gesetzlich geschützt,' which is the proprietary warning which is often abreviated to 'Ges Gesch'. The thumb thumblift is a prow figurehead which is in keeping with the naval motif. The lithophane in the bottom shows a soldier shaking hands with his lady as he prepares to board his ship (Again the naval motif).The time of service for this fellow was 1908-1911. In 1915 the Prinz Adalbert was torpedoed twice by British submarines. The second incident triggered an explosion in the ammunition magazine which destroyed the ship and killed 672 of her crew. The only speck of damage is a minute flake off the bottom edge (See last photo) which is small enough to be of no real consequence but is mentioned and photographed for full disclosure purposes. Really just a wonderful top notch stein related to an interesting yet tragic ship.

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