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~ Student Association
Steins - A
Pictorial Essay ~
by Master Steinologist Walt Vogdes
In this pictorial article we will look at a variety of student association
coats-of-arms (in German, a Wappen), steins, lids and inscriptions.
Student association steins are collectible because of their bright colors and
badges, if for no other reasons. These beautifully decorated steins were common
gifts between members of the same association, and they signified a special and
lasting bond of friendship. Factors which add to their desirability include Zirkels
on both body and lid, and an inscription which includes the date and names of
both the owner and the presenter, the names being followed by the Zirkel
of the association. Occasionally, in perhaps 1-2% of the cases, we see a stein
displaying the Wappen of two associations, usually side-by-side. In most
cases where two Wappen appear, the Zirkel in the inscription will
reveal that both men belonged to one of the associations (presumably at the time
of the presentation) and one belonged to both of them. This would occur when a
student began his studies at one school where he joined his first society, then
continued his studies at another school, joining the second association. A
second possibility is that the Wappen represent two societies which
merged at some point, and chose to display the arms in combination from that
point forth. Triple-Wappen student association steins are also known, but
to the left is that of Corps Hassia Giessen. An inscription dates it to
The heavily enameled arms
to the right, surmounted by swan and banner, and featuring a harp on the shield,
belongs to the Polytechniker-Gesangverein Hannover. No inscription.
Left, a Mettlach half-liter stein, form 1526,
decorated on the body with a large Zirkel for Akademischer
Turnverbindung Arminia Berlin. Center, A
porcelain stein displaying the arms
of Katholischen Studentenvereine Arminia Bonn.
The inscription is for the winter semester, (18)94/95. Right,
a Mettlach half-liter, form 1526, with a Doppelwappen. The arms
to the left are
those of Giessener
Wingolf, while those
on the right seem merely decorative.
Shown above are three clear, blown glass steins with enameled student
association decorations. The bodies are faceted, and the panels alternate clear
and frosted. Each of the steins contains an enameled dedication between the
upper and lower handle attachments, with dedication, names, Zirkel(s) and
date. From the left, the societies are Saxonia Münster i. W. (1903), Turnerschaft
Stauffia Berlin (1905), and Germania Tubingen (1901).
Above, a porcelain stein from a Swiss association, Blau-Helvetia
Zurich, inscription dated 88/89.
These student steins with a transfer design by Franz
Ringer show the articles of student life and a dueling student, chasing the owl
of learning away from his beer stein with his sword. The absence of a Wappen
makes these steins much more difficult to identify.
A stein from the Jugendstil period by R. Merkelbach.
The arms belong to
Kurhessen Marburg a.d.L., and the association name appears on the side.
An inscription is enameled on the rear of of the stein, with date of (19)13/14.
This relief lid is on the Ringer stein to the left
above. The design is a "generic" shield
with helm, mantling and crest.
The shield contains the same Zirkel as the body. The thumblift is an
unusual figural lion with the shield of Bavaria in its mouth.
|The inscription at the right
indicates that Karl Wirsel, a member of three different associations, presented
this stein with affection to Karl Bohn. The inscription indicates that Wirsel
was a mentor of Bohn's, a special relationship lasting for life..
Studentica, Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, München,
Die Wappen Der Deutschen Korporationen Des
In- Und Ausland
- Studentische Antiquitäten, Hubert Kampik, Munich
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