Catalog No. 744
Pottery, transfer and relief, 1.0L, pewter lid, typically with figurine.
“Stolz zu Roß die Kavallerie, auf den Posten spät und früh.” (mounted)
(The proudly mounted cavalry, on post early and late.)
“Brüder stoßt die Gläser an, hoch lebe der Reservemann.” (unmounted)
(Brothers clink glasses, long live the reservist.)
From the 1888 until the onset of World War I, German males between the ages of 17 and 20 were obligated to serve a period of active military duty, normally two or three years, after which they became reservists, subject to recall through the age of 45. Upon completion of active duty, reservists often purchased souvenirs in remembrance of their experience, personalized beer steins being the most popular of these service mementos.
This body style was produced in two basic versions: one for mounted units (Hussars, Uhlans, Cuirassiers et al.), distinguished primarily by a centrally applied relief horseshoe; and the other for unmounted units (infantry, engineers, et al.), featuring a regimental shoulder board. The text around the top band also varied depending on unit type.
See also No. 658.
Prices can vary dramatically depending on unit designation and on the presence of a variety of other special features.