The decoration on this stein wraps around the entire body of the vessel. There are four connected panels
with oval frames that are done in applied relief. Also, the red (reed)
and knibis (zig-zag lines or fan-like ornamentation)
techniques are combined in the decoration.
The stein holds a generous 1.25 liters of brew. While there is no mark, I can vouch for the capacity,
having personally filled and emptied this stein on a few occasions. Finally, the stein is adorned with a pewter
foot ring and a pewter lid that bears the original owner's initials and the date 1757.
This style of all gray stein was mostly produced in the 18th century, with the peak in popularity around 1750.
The Westerwald potters probably began making these
all gray bodied steins to keep up with the changing times and
the changing demand in the market.
The ability and readiness to make changes has been a factor in Westerwald stoneware production for over 400 years. In the early days, the potters and their families participated in every phase of the work, from digging
the clay, building the kilns, throwing and firing the wares, to loading the finished products for market. Today in Westerwald, different tradesmen are networked
together. Forest workers, electricians, furnace makers, mining companies,
packing and shipping companies are all a part of keeping the stoneware industry efficient.