A narrow salt-glaze stoneware stein. Grey, slightly brown body. Crudely moulded decoration around body (possibly hand-thrown into a ‘wheel mould’). The body is divided into 3 panels with columns and arches. Obverse panel: A man drinking from a tall stein whilst leaning against a carved stone alter(?) which has a mallet shaped wine bottle on top. Front panel: A woman (saint?) carrying a model of a double spire church or cathedral. Reverse panel: Three men carrying various objects.
There is a very crudely moulded band of grapevine above the slightly flared foot. The base is flat but with a slight push up in the middle and shows wire marks where it was cut from the wheel head. The handle is hand-pulled with a small spike hole on top to allow attachment of a pewter lid. ½ L mark impressed below front rim.
Although this stein looks very early in style (loosely similar to the Siegburg examples) it is more likely to date to the C19th. A very similar version, but with a moulded handle and marked ‘KREBS’ is known, which dates to the later C19th.
168 mm high (to top of rim).
Shallow chip on inside rim. The moulded ‘stonework’ border is missing in two places at the top but these are glazed over production damage. A medium chip on foot rim at front plus four chips under foot rim on base.