Article will be published about this mug in San Diego area newspaper Monday May 13th. Appraisal article posted below at very bottom after my description.Likely manufactured in 1882 (137 years old) which would put this in the timeline when the first HR mugs were manufactured. Thanks to eBayer Mike who sent me that information! An absolute gem of a find from a German Estate sale. This must have been an antique family heirloom, as the lid is scribed mentioning someones Birthday on June 15, 1886 and Wolfsschlucht which is an old beer hall tavern in Germany that looks like a castle on the exterior, and still operates today!
The bottom is etched with HR and the number 161. There is a small letter D near the HR logo. There are 2 additional etched letters on the base walls, what appears to be a lowercase cursive L and capital R. Every other HR mug I can always find a duplicate eventually, but this one, NEVER. Overall its just a damn stunning historical piece showing the "Old Germans" drinking from animal horns to "Germans of Today", dressed up and sophisticated for the mug's then 1886 time period, of course still drinking beer.
So when KL sent me his, I translated it: on one side, the Die alten Deutschen- the old-time Germans, and on the other, the Die Deutschen von heut- the Germans of today. Since this hails from circa 1890, we see an acute picture of the Germans of 1890-s. Top hats, caps, vests and cut away coats, riding breeches and boots, and the landlady with a change purse and white apron. Contrast this with the Germans of yesteryear on the other side.
No greedy landlady here, just a nubile peasant girl serving beer in the hollowed horns of cattle. The bearded drinkers lie amongst the trees, holding hunting gear, wrapped in furs, wearing Roman sandals.
I would think this vision less than precise, nostalgic for the old times when beer was free and passed by someone pretty. The origin of the stein lid dates from this period. By the 19thC, steins were an art form: look for the great stein makers - Villeroy and Boch, Martzi and Remy, Dumler and Breiden, and of course the German Military Regimentals. KLs stein is by maker Haber and Reuther, of Freising, Bavaria, with a HR mark underneath.Imagery is a clue to the character of the turn of the century nostalgic German mind, at least those of the drinkers nostalgic frame of mind. You will find glorifications of the botany that makes up beer: paintings of barley and hops, wreaths, brewing symbols. There are the setting images: Hunters and Fox, Barmaids, Taverns, Music halls, Students. Youll find the sweet things of life themes: pretty female drinkers, musicians, card games, dogs, more pretty girls, dancers, and green forests. Along the best things in life, you will see men kissing barmaids, wrestling barmaids, peasant dancing couples flirting, grapevines around blond heads of hair, children drinking, drunken men sleeping in wagons, drinkers on horseback In the realm of fantasy themes, the German gnomes. Then there are the situational themes; I see this particular theme in paintings of the period, the drunken fat Monk or Nun, jolly, dressed in a brown cassock, with a stein or even wine decanter lifted. The apex of this genre is a troop of monks in the wine cellar of the monastery, tempted by the wine. The image pictures them opening the spigots of the 500lb casks, crawling under the spigots, with open and greedy mouths. The history of brewery and wine making WAS the CHURCH, and that is the jolly association.
Perhaps the most coveted of all themes on German beer steins is the image of Gambrinus. That legendary-god-figure is, in German myth, derived from the real life Jan Primus (Johann I) a 13thC Belgian Duke and President of the Brussels Guild of Brewers. He is famed throughout Northern European history for the invention of hopped malt beer.The steins that feature Gambrinus show us the universal symbol of beer and brewing. And he is ALWAYS drunk or well on his way. From the mythological, one sometimes sees the modern era: the bicycle, the steamship, the military caisson, the rowing skiff, the woman in a bustle, a man with muttonchops sideburns.
Many of these scenes are homey or low-brow, and indeed, they were aimed in that direction. The simple life of the worker and the working man himself was the market for these steins.He brought his very own stein to his neighborhood tavern, and it stayed there in perpetuity. These colorful steins hung on the back bar waiting for the workers after a days labor. Your stein was yours and no others. Thats another reason for the lid with a tight seal; these were not washed, but used over the years by one man, woman, child, or monk, too.
The item "Antique German Beer Stein Hauber & Reuther HR #161 Etched Pewter Lid APPRAISED" is in sale since Friday, April 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "kahunakevintiki" and is located in Paso Robles, California. This item can be shipped to United States.