GERMAN STUDENT FRATERNAL GLASS STEIN PORC. INSERT c1920
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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Specialty: Brewery: Pre 1920: item # 1181956
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Fiona Kenny Antiques
P.O. Box 11
Thorold, Ontario, Canada L2V 3Y7
|A superb c1920 German clear glass 0.4 litre pewter lidded beer stein with a finely hand painted and gilded porcelain dedication insert. This stein stands 6-1/2" tall to the top of the unusual drinker figural thumbpiece, and the glass has a thumbprint design. The pewter lid has a decorated edge with notches to the rear and the glass has a cross topped crown mark on the bottom. The insert is beautifully hand painted with student fraternal crest with the legends "GOTHIA SEI'S PANIER!" and "EHRE, FREIHEIT, VATERLAND." (Honor, Freedom, Fatherland). This was one of the most popular German fraternal mottoes, and there is still a Gothia (Hall) fraternity, but not with this exact fraternal crest, so we believe this is from a now-defunct old fraternity. German student fraternities became popular in the early 19th century in Germany, but they were abolished by Hess under the Nazi regime in 1935-36. Some have re-established fraternities, but not all. The interior of the porcelain plaque states "RICHARD REINECKE S./L. LBF. KARL ELSNER Z. FRDL. ERG. W.S. 1920/21." The names of both men has their fraternal circle (or zirkel, German) fraternal mark after their name. The rim of the pewter lid has small straight notches cut into the rim on either side of the thumb-rest (also called tang), which apparently represents the number of duels the student fought. Academic duelling, or Mensur, as it was known in Germany, was practiced regularly at student fraternities, where scars received duelling were considered badges of honour. It is most likely a personal gift, from a fraternity student to a another student ("z. frdl. erg." translates as "on kindly remembrance"). The colours predominant in the heraldic crest (which usually refer to the fraternity itself) are dark green, red and gold, and the one segment of the crest I could not find elsewhere is located in the upper left, it appears to be the Burschenschaftsdenkmal, which translates approximately to the fraternity memorial, which was a memorial built in 1901-2. The bottom of the stein has a crown mark molded into the base, which is looks like the Walther and Sohne mark, and they did produce steins in this period. This item is in excellent vintage condition with no chips, cracks, crazing, dents, bends, corrosion, losses, damage or repairs, other than some looseness of the pewter handle where it mounts to the glass handle and a slight touch of gold wear on one feather on the crest. All items are thoroughly and conservatively graded and all condition issues are noted; all items are vintage or antique and may have slight signs of gentle use. Expedited tracked and insured parcel shipping to the U.S. starts at $25 (other spots may vary, air is higher). Items paid with a credit card will be shipped to confirmed addresses only. We do ship internationally. All of our prices are in $US. PLEASE NOTE: we DO NOT accept PayPal, only VISA and MASTERCARD.|