Catalog No. AB1
Pottery, transfer and relief, 1.0L, typically two-piece screw-off pewter lid with figurine.
“Erinnerung an meine Dienstzeit.”
(Memento of my service time)
“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.
The identifier generally seen impressed on the base of this model (AB1) is outside the standard D&B numbering sequence and was probably applied at the request of a currently unknown finishing shop/distributor for whom the stein was produced.
See also No. AB7.
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