article and photos by
SCI Master Steinologist John McGregor
The stein seen here is from an actual chapter of the Schlaraffia Society. The
inscription, in Bavarian dialect, reads:
Around the front half of the base is a dedication: "Die Activen i/l (ihrer lieben) Oberuhu "Zollkare" zum 26.10.03." or "(From) the Members (to) i/l (their dear) Chief Eagle Owl "Zollkare" on October 26, 1903." The use of "zum" before the date tells us the date is an anniversary of some kind. There are two exclamations, one on either side, Aha! and Uhu!. Aha! is the positive exclamation of "I told you so! Eureka! and Yes!" all rolled into one word and of course Uhu! is simply, but maybe a bit more than simply in this case, the German word for Eagle Owl. The lid is engraved with a monogram of the owner's initials and the names of 16 chapter members. This 1.0 liter steingut stein is marked E.D.& C. and was manufactured by Ernst Dorfner.
Here is a view of all three sides of this interesting stein, showing the elaborate arms this chapter employed, along with the two exclamations and the inscription.