with a Silver Repoussť Lid
By Walt Vogdes
The porcelain stein seen at right is an HR model number 170, a tapestry style showing two men sitting in a Gasthaus enjoying a beer. On either side are two additional plaques, containing lines from a verse.
The stein by itself is not remarkable, but it has exceptional silver repoussť mounts showing hops vines, leaves and buds. The rim is covered with a silver ring which provides the anchor for the hinge mechanism - there is no strap around the handle. The ring around the rim contains a curious dedication - "M. Scooter, Esq. on his 68th Birthday, Nov. 15th, 1895. from the money making Boys." There are no markings anywhere on the silver, but it would appear likely that the silver mounts were produced in an English-speaking country, quite probably in the U.S. In a curious twist, the verse on the stein provides an appropriate sentiment for the birthday dedication.
Wer nicht liebt Weib, Wein, Gesang,
der spart sein Geld und lebt recht lang.
saves his money and lives very long.