Featured Stein: October  2011
~ Satan Stein ~
By Master Steinologist Roy De Selms

Our featured stein is a character stein of a devil (AKA Mefistopheles) marked "1565 Germany" made by Steinzeugwerke ca. 1900.  (see: "Old Catalogs" on the SCI Website) The verse is a spoof on a centuries old German myth where Faust makes a pact with the devil to sell his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. In this case the pact with the devil-stein is ensuring non-stop beer. The most famous version of the story was written in the 19th century by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The verse:

Wer mit mir schliesst einen Packt,
dem bleibt der Magen stets intakt.

translates to:

Whoever seals a pact (contract) with me,
will always have his stomach full (of beer).

Steins like this were used a hundred years ago for Halloween trick or treating and would have been filled up with a good German Beer treat, but if you tried it today, it would likely get you a Bud Lite trick.
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