Landsknechte with Saying

Catalog No. 1155

Pottery, threaded relief, 2.5L, pewter lid.

“Ob Rittersmann, ob Lanzenknecht,
ein jeder gern sein Schoppen stecht.”

(Whether knight or soldier,
each gladly downs his portion of beer.)

Lanzenknechte (or Landsknechte) were feudal serfs used for military purposes by their master. These “soldiers” were often traded between landowners and were, in a sense, the equivalent of modern mercenaries, with the important difference that they were not free to choose their employer.

Master stein to No. 1140.

Same model number applied to a stein depicting Two Landsknechte.

Price Range: $175-$250

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