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Circa 1900 German Lithopane Beer Stein RARE! - $150 (DAYTON)

Circa 1900 German Lithopane Beer Stein RARE! 1 thumbnailCirca 1900 German Lithopane Beer Stein RARE! 2 thumbnailCirca 1900 German Lithopane Beer Stein RARE! 3 thumbnail
1564 Turnberry Village Dr. near Yankee Road
condition: good
Beautifully crafted image seen through the bottom of the stein (1st photo) measures 4 1/2 inches across. The stein itself stands 7 1/2 inches to the top of the pewter lid and almost 9 inches to the top of the thumb piece. I've shown left and right images to give you the full German inscription. The porcelain is without cracks or nicks. The pewter lid has some minor denting and mis-shapes. The hinge pin is missing and the lid has been wired to the handle piece.

I can identify no "maker's marks" anywhere on the lid, porcelain or image. I look at this and see a craftsmanship from 100+ years ago that isn't done today. Sure, lithopanes are still done but not with the care and precision this represents. The artwork is exacting - the fragility obvious. If you have James R. Stevenson's book Antique Steins, please refer to page 102, item #193a. His book dates from 1989 and has this very similar stein priced at $325. Many hand-painted steins go for much more, but I have yet to see a lithopane to match this. Those made today have thick clay bases that present no challenge. The light and shadow presented here shows an attention to GREAT detail.

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