Featured Stein ~ May 2020
Two Student Liqueur Service Steins
are a pair of student association pouring steins, or Karaffen
(Carafe), from a likör Service (liqueur serving set). The
service would usually come with the carafe, six Gläschen (small
glasses) and a Tablett (serving tray). It would usually be used
for serving an after dinner liqueur or schnapps. Each stein has a
capacity of about 0.3 Liters, or about enough to fill eight schnapps
A student association carafe is quite rare in comparison to a student
association stein. This is most likely due to the cost of buying a full
service versus one beer stein. A service usually sold for 50-80
Reichmarks, while a stein went for 15-20 Reichmarks. An ad for a
student association service can be see below.
There is no decorator's mark on either of these steins, but the
knight's helmet style of the lid is very typical of the work of
Friedrich van Hauten of Bonn who specialized in decorating steins for
the student associations.
The association of the stein on the left is Corps Teutonia Giessen,
located at the university in Gießen,
known as "Ludoviciana" (Ludwig's University). The association of
the stein on the right is Corps Bavaria Würzburg,
at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (commonly referred to as the
University of Würzburg). The side view of one of the steins showing the
unusual handle design and close ups of the helmet lids are shown below.
Further below is an advertisement
for a liqueur service taken from an early 20th Century Max Lindner
Max Lindner was a Munich decorator and purveyor of various student
articles including steins, clothing, swords, rings and more.
Wheeler's Steinmarks for more information on Friedrich van
Hauten and Max Lindner.