~ A Stein by August Saeltzer ~
of the Month: November 2001
article and photos by SCI Master Steinologist John
A stein by August Saeltzer, or so we identify it. The actual stein body was
manufactured by Fritz Thenn of Regensburg and carries the mold number 153. The
painted mark on the bottom, a conjoined "FT" monogram, indicates the
design was also of Fritz Thenn origin and it has a décor number of 519. The
stein is entirely hand painted and the colors along with the somewhat unique lid
would suggest this was the property of a lady who was perhaps a musician.
In this case the stein blank was shipped to the August Saeltzer workshop in
Eisenach to be decorated. After it was decorated it was shipped back to Fritz
Thenn to be sold through one of his outlets in Regensburg. This was very likely
a special order piece.
The verse on the stein reads: "Schoepft aus dem Pokale, neue Ideale."
Which says "Draw new ideals from the pokal."
The Saeltzer workshop purchased a large portion of their blank stein bodies from
the Thenn factory (1874-1886), but ordered from a number of other factories as
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