~ Imitare quam Invidere ~
This stein is marked "VB" (Villeroy & Boch probably Mettlach) "285" and the blank body made in 1895 marked "95". This is one of many that were sold by Mettlach as blanks and decorated off premises usually by known artists. Since Mettlach did not have complete control over the final product, they did not put full markings on the blanks. The artist's mark here appears to be "F. v. H. S. Bonn" for Friedrich van Hauten Sohn (See: Chris Wheeler's "Stein Marks"). The crest has been identified as belonging to the "Child Family" of early New England. The motto is in Latin not German and we offer this translation since it's on a German stein.
Imitare quam Invidere (Better) to imitate rather than to envy.
Translation: Unknown
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