Stein of the
Month: April 2004
~ Moritz ~
Ronald E. Gray
April starts with everyone trying to fool us and by
April 15th everyone is trying to fool the IRS. This month’s
is half of the Max and Moritz duo that was known for fooling around all
time. Max and Moritz is a children’s book by the beloved German poet
Busch (1832-1908), which was written in 1865. The German and English
the tale of these two mischievous boys can be found at http://www.fln.vcu.edu//mm/mmmenu.html.
Moritz stein is attributed (there is no mark and it does not appear in
Bohne catalog, but it does have the characteristics of a Bohne stein)
Bohne Söhne of Rudolstadt, Thurgina, Germany. The firm was founded in
continued production until shortly after World War I. Steins
represented a small
portion of their wares. Some of the Bohne steins, including this one,
bisque quality to them. Many of the molds ended up with the firm of
(he was the former accountant in the firm that bought Bohne), which
reproducing some of the steins around 1985. Stahl also began a new line
high-quality character steins, including Corona, Superman, Batman,
characters, Budweiser frog, Bud Light penguin and Man’s Best Friend.
steins are easily distinguishable from the Bohne steins. The Stahl
stein production was transferred to a sister company, PKT, in 1999.
Some of the
marks used by Bohne are shown below, although some of the Bohne pieces
This is the only known Moritz stein to appear in a stein sale catalog
Max has yet to surface. By the way, you will need a big tax refund if
to add this stein to your collection. The Moritz stein was sold in the
Ammelounx auction at the 34th Annual SCI convention in July
Houston. The winning bid was a mere $4,510, including the 12% buyer’s
This bid easily exceeded the estimated range of $2,000 to $2,600 as a
people were interested in adding it to their collection.
Our thanks to
Frank Loevi and The
Stein Library for the photo of this month’s stein. The Beer
Library has articles and catalogs of the Bohne and Stahl steins.
required to view the catalogs, along with accompanying articles, on
Some articles, however, and a sample of the catalogs can be viewed by
registering with that site (see the SCI Links section). My personal
that it is the best site on the Internet to view a wide variety of
two imps also appeared on a relief stein which was featured in our
Stein of the
Month article in May of 2001. To read about that stein, follow the link
"Archives" in the navigation bar at the top of this page, then page
down to find the link to the article.
Max and Moritz also inspired The
Katzenjammer Kids, Hans and Fritz, billed as the oldest comic strip
syndication. Rudolph Dirks (1877-1968), a German immigrant to the U.S.,
the comic in 1897. Follow the links below for more information.
Where’s Max? Who will be the first to find him? Let us know if you have
we would love to see him reunited once again with Moritz.
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