Catalog No. 1358
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Ziel erkannt, Kraft gespannt, Pflicht gethan, Herz obenan.”
(Target identified, power taut, duty done, heart ruling.)
Joseph Speckbacher (1767-1820) was a Tyrolean patriot and hero of the Napoleonic Wars. He is shown here returning from battle with his young son Anderl, who had also participated in the battle despite his father’s instructions to the contrary.
Central image is taken from an 1869 painting entitled “Speckbacher und sein Sohn Anderl” by Franz Defregger (1835-1921), which has the distinction of being the first Defregger painting inspired by an historical event.
Text is a motto initially expressed by Heinrich von Stephan, organizer of the modern German postal service, and key participant in the founding of the Universal Postal Union.