Navy Reservist Souvenir

Catalog No. 1016

Pottery, transfer and relief, 1.0L, pewter or figural inlaid lid (Neptune), marked “Paul Klütsch/Coblenz”.

“Brüder stoßt die Gläser an, hoch lebe der Reservemann.”
(Brothers clink glasses, long live the reservist.)
“Wenn Woge über Woge bringt, wir blauen Jungen wanken nicht.”
(When wave breaks over wave, we boys in blue never faulter.)
“Wer treu gedient hat seine Zeit, dem sei ein volles Glas geweiht.”
(Who has faithfully served his time, to him a full glass is dedicated.)

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 three years for navy recruits, 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.

Neptune (lid figurine, some examples) was the Roman god of the sea.

Paul Klütsch owned and operated a Coblenz ceramics finishing shop and distributor.

Prices can vary dramatically depending on unit designation and on the presence of a variety of other special features.

DB 1016
DB 1016

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