~ Show and Tell ~
Prized Stein - Gift from Old Friend
2001 - from Alice Oakley
Dear Webmaster, I saw Les Paul's "Largest Collection of Steins in the
US" (COL 905 episode of HGTV's "Collectible Treasures) recently. I
found you on the Internet, but since I cannot email at present, I am mailing a
photo of my one and only stein. If you would like to put it on your page, you
will need a story!
The stein was given to a British soldier billeted on a German family during the
1914-18 war. He brought it home to his Parisian wife who lived in London when I
knew her as an elderly widow. She gave me the stein because I admired it so, as
a parting gift, when I came to the US in '77.
Underneath: METTLACH 2903, 19 and 04 is impressed in the stoneware. The lid is
mounted in pewter and the design is, of course, Art Nouveau. It stands 7
1/2" high and is in perfect condition.
Editor's comments: This stein, produced in 1904, has noticeable
characteristics of the artistic changes brought about by the Jugendstil, or Art
Nouveau, movement: the design is simplified, geometric and repeating, the
upright stalks evoking a plant form, while purpose and tradition are
acknowledged by the wheat motif below the rim.
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