stein is filled with the flowing, decorative nuances of the artistic period
which became popular in the late 1800's. "Jugendstil" actually means
"youth style" or "young style" by definition.
This style was a movement away from the
traditional style of design that had been so popular in the past. Smooth,
curvilinear lines, abstract design and organic themes were the main thrust of
this stylistic movement.
The pewter stein pictured is floral in nature and
it's lines flow smoothly around the surface. The "A" and "B"
inscribed in the center are the initials of the receiver. These initials,
stylistically, are also a bit avant-garde for the time.
An added touch to this creative piece of artwork
is the repouseť metal work that makes the flowers almost come to life. "Repouseť"
is a way to give three-dimensional depth to metal by hammering the surface of
the pewter from the inside.
An inscription on the lid states that the stein
was given as a gift on May 13, 1906. A nice gift indeed!