Catalog No. 1031
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 1.5L, pewter lid, signed “KB” (Anton Killian “Karl” Beuler).
“Glücklich wer als lustiger Zecher,
immer sitzt beim vollen Becher.”
(Lucky is he who, as a happy drinker,
always sits with a full beaker.)
The theme of this stein is drawn from a poem by Josef Viktor von Scheffel entitled “Die Drei Dörfer” (The Three Villages), in which Herr von Rodenstein and twenty of his friends engage in some truly incredible long-term drinking sessions at the Stag Tavern in Heidelberg, which he pays for by selling off two of the three villages he owns in the Odenwald (Gersprenz and Reichelsheim). Eventually, he finds that he is no longer able to drink, so he has a formal document drawn up by his attorney, donating the third village (Pfaffenbeerfurth) to Heidelberg University and his “thirst to the students” so that he can watch them drink as he once did.