Catalog No. 1428
Pottery, etched, 0.5L, inlaid lid.
“Mein Helm u. Wehr; was brauch ich mehr,
dem Feinde trutz, Gott preis u. ehr.”
(My helmet and arms; what more do I need,
defy the enemy, praise and honor God.)
St. George is the Patron Saint of England and one of the most well known Christian figures. The popular legend of St. George and the dragon was introduced into modern tradition with the publication in 1265 of Legenda Sanctorum (Readings on the Saints), that tells the tale of a town which, desperate to control the depredations of a dragon, had resorted to sacrificing unmarried girls to the monster. Finally the lot falls to the king’s daughter and, despite the pleas of her father, she is delivered to her fate. Just then, a handsome young knight (St. George) rides by and, hearing cries for help, slays the dragon with his lance.
The text is a somewhat less than perfect transcription from a poem written by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874) entitled “Des Frommen Landsknechts Morgenlied” (The Rightous Soldier’s Morning Song).
Same model number applied to an Art Nouveau design.
Price Range: $125-$175