Catalog No. 5048
Pottery, transfer and relief, 0.5L, pewter lid, typically with figurine.
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 two or three years, 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.
Note: Although the pictured stein is regularly seen with the confirmed Girmscheid handle shown here, examples of the same body style have also been seen with a Marzi & Remy handle (see M&R No. 5048). Both types bear the model number 5048, which falls squarely in the normal M&R range, but outside that typically found on Girmscheid steins. Adding further to the mystery, this body style can also be found marked as Girmscheid No. 824.
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