Knight and Landsknecht Drinking

Catalog No. 926

Pottery, etched, 0.3L, pottery lid.

Text:
“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

Pottery Lid
Pottery Lid
 
     
MG 926
MG 926

 
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