1½-liter Stein by ... JW Remy?
firm of J.W. Remy
(JWR) produced a variety of steins between 1864 and 1966, but their
arguably become their best known. While many have
inferred that JWR was attempting to capitalize on the less expensive
quality etched stein market when his firm started production, these
steins have grown into a unique favorite among collectors.
The stein shown here has a
capacity of 1.5L and
characteristic chocolate brown glaze around the top and bottom rims.
with form No. 1213, was likely produced
body of the stein shows a man and a woman playing music, while another
prepares a warm meal in what appears to be a guesthouse (Gasthaus). The lid depicts two owls
with the word “Prosit”
written in a banner.
The text around the top and bottom rims reads:
”Sind wir von der Arbeit
Müde, Ist noch Kraft zu
which translated into English reads
“If we are tired from
is still strength for a song”.
This phrase can also be seen on another
stein, No. 617; however, that stein depicts a different scene.
Although unmarked as to manufacturer, this month's Featured Stein
displays all the characteristics of having been made by the firm of
J.W. Remy, and collectors routinely attribute these steins to that
firm. However, these steins have been surrounded by ambiguity, as they
have striking similarity to others produced by Johann Peter Thewalt
(JPT). Evidence developed by Master Steinologist Lyn Ayers points to a
very close relationship between the two firms, which might explain
these similarities. The uncertainty of attribution is further
complicated by several irregularities, including the facts that JWR
catalogues do not list form numbers above 1009 for etched steins, that
the majority of these steins are unmarked, and that none of them bear a
JWR mark although a minority bear a JPT mark. Despite this ambiguity,
this article is based on the presumption that these unmarked steins
were manufactured by JWR.