German Porcelain Regimental Stein Painted on Three Sides with Lithophane Lid Featuring Cannon with Flower Thumb Piece Dated 1899-1901 Karl Rau Mark
Description: A very nice porcelain stein made in Germany. The stein has a round base with straight sides tilted slightly inwards and ending in a plain rim. The base has a lithophane showing an officer shaking hands with a woman in front some houses. The exterior of the stein is decorated with paintings showing a regiment moving a cannon, a scene with officers drinking around a table, and military personnel surrounding a cannon. The stein has extensive writing in German. The top has writing, again in German, suggesting that the stein is for a field artillery regiment and showing the dates 1899-1901. The stein has a metal lid, possibly pewter, with a cannon on top and has a thumb piece in the form of a flower. Just a gorgeous German regimental stein to add to your collection. The piece has the mark of Karl Rau which consists of the letters K and R back to back with a crown above and the word Germany below all in gold coloring. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely sometime in the 1950s.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southern New Jersey. The stein itself was made in Germany.
Size: Measures ~4 1/2" diameter at the base, ~3 7/8" diameter on top, ~5 3/4" at its widest including the handle and is ~10" high to the top of the cannon. The piece weighs over 2 pounds 2 ounces.
Maker: Karl Rau.
Marks: Marked with the Karl Rau mark consisting of the letters K and R back to back with a crown above and the word Germany below all in gold coloring.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice piece of German porcelain with very nice decoration mimicking old regimental steins of days gone by. It would make a nice addition to your collection of decorated German porcelain steins, Beer related item, or make for a great conversation piece.
Condition: The stein is in excellent condition with no hairlines, repairs, chips or crazing. The colors are vivid and the design is truly very interesting. The lid is in excellent condition and has no dings or damage, but has a few minor scratches and some soiling. Be that as it may, the is a very nice piece, which would make a nice addition to your collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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