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Exceptional German Guild pewter Stein / Tankard, dated 1746 / 1665

Exceptional German Guild pewter Stein / Tankard, dated 1746 / 1665

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A massive and exceptional early European Pewter Stein, Hamburg, Germany, dated 1665.

Profusely decorated over the entire surface with two soldiers, one holding a sword, the other soldier a helbard, on either side of a Free Masons symbol of crossed tools under an elaborate crown. Facial masks and Guild symbols below. The lid beautifully engraved with a German text, reading BIS BRÜDERLICE EINGIKEIT 1665. A tankard probably made as a memorial of the founding of the Guild.

The tankard is stamped with a sharp Putti with bow and arrows / amor and the name of the master Christian Hinric Gräpcke, who went into the service of Hinrich Von Der Hude in Lübeck 1714 and was a master himself, from c. 1721 in Hamburg City.

Such high quality tankard from this period is very rare!

Size: 23 cm. tall and c. 18 cm. wide incl. the finely chiselled handle.

Condition: Extremely fine for the early type, with nice patina and no repairs.

Provenance: Private Collection of Bjørn De Roepstorff, an important Danish castle / mansion collection of Early European Pewter. Comes with description from German Auctionhouse estimated it at €2200-€2800 from c. 2003!