Catalog No. 926
Pottery, etched, 0.3L, pottery lid.
“Ob Rittersmann, ob Lanzenknecht,
ein jeder gern sein Schoppen stecht.”
(Whether knight or soldier,
each gladly downs his portion of beer.)
Central image taken from an illustration by Kaspar Kögler (1838-1923), part of an 1890 mural that once graced the Wiesbaden Ratskeller, but was sadly destroyed in World War II.
A “Lanzenknecht” (or “Landsknecht”) 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.
Price Range: $90-$125