This handsome beer stein was made in West Germany by Thewalt, a famous stoneware company founded in 1893 and highly respected for their excellent quality steins. Decorated with embossed vignettes of cuddling couples in Tyrolean clothes, this stein features a pewter lid with nicely aged patina, golden luster trim and a handle molded to mimic stag's horn. Thewalt's mark is an incised triangle with a letter T in it on the bottom, shown in our photograph #3 left of the center, along with an ink stamped blue "Western Germany," an incised number 3 and an incised letter M. Loose translations of the incised inscriptions under two of the couples read: Auf der Alm = On the Meadow O, Welch e Lust= Oh, What I Want
As an interesting bit of knowledge, a mug does not have a lid and a stein does have one, in order, as the story goes, to keep out the flies. We think it's so you can dance and drink at the same time without spilling your Weissbier.
The stein stands 7 inches tall to the top of the lid, has a 2 1/4 inch diameter mouth, 3 1/4 inch diameter base and weighs 1 pound, 6 ounces. It holds 300 ML (about 10 U.S. ounces) and, while the thumb rest is a bit loose on the handle, it's in excellent vintage condition with no chips or cracks. This is an excellent choice for the beginning or advanced collector or for decorating the bar in your home.
Please note: This is a glossy stein, especially the luster trim, so any white spots are due only to light reflections.