Catalog No. 1122
Pottery, transfer and relief, 1.0L, typically two-piece screw-off pewter lid with figurine.
“Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit.”
(Memento of my service time)
“Wir waren blaue Jungen voll Mut und Voll Kraft,
wir halten schweren Dienst doch haben’s vollbracht!”
(We were boys in blue full of courage and strength,
we handled heavy tasks but were able to accomplish them!)
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.
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