Stein Collectors International
Featured Stein ~ February 2009
Sons of the Revolution
By John Kelly
Steins are often given as souvenirs, awards or mementos of an
event or occasion. This month’s stein is an example. Commissioned by
the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York and produced by
Villeroy and Boch in Mettlach, Germany, it is believed that it was
given to the attendees of the George Washington Birthday Ball on
February 22, 1910 at Delmonico’s in midtown Manhattan.
The stein is unlidded. On one side
of the stein is a seal depicting a Revolutionary War soldier draped by
a banner inscribed with the dates 1776 and 1783, the dates the United
States of America declared its independence and the centennial of the
British departure from New York and General Washington’s farewell to
his troops at Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan.
On the opposite side is another soldier enclosed in a medallion
encircled by stars and topped by an eagle, symbols of the
newly-independent country. It is estimated that between 200 to 300
people attended the ball in 1910.
Photographs by Ginger Gehres, Carolina Steiners chapter.
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