Catalog No. 699
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
According to Swiss legend, an Austrian bailiff named Gessler demanded that homage be paid to his hat, which he’d placed atop a pole. When William Tell refused, he was seized and condemned to death. He was granted his life on the condition that he demonstrate his skill as an archer by shooting an apple from his son’s head. He did that successfully and was later able to escape and kill Gessler, sparking a rebellion against Austrian (Hapsburg) rule and resulting in the formation of the (Old) Swiss Confederation in 1291.
The depiction of Tell and his son is taken from a statue in Altdorf, Switzerland, sculpted in 1895 by Richard Kissling. Side images show various events and locations associated with both the Tell legend and the Swiss rebellion in general.