Catalog No. 1540
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
�Eendragt maakt magt.� (Dutch)
(Unity makes strength)
�Der Gott, der Eisen Wachsen lie�, der wollte keine Knechte.�
(God, who made the iron grow, didn�t want slaves.)
The first text string was the motto found on the now obsolete state shield of the Boer-ruled South African Republic, which existed as an independent country in the latter half of the 1800s. The Boers were descendants of Dutch-speaking immigrants who had initially settled on Africa�s Cape of Good Hope during the prior century.
The second text string is from the opening verse of a German patriotic anthem entitled �Vaterlandslied� (Fatherland Song), written in 1812 by Ernst Moritz Arndt and set to music by Albert Methfessel in 1818.
Both the text and images on this stein make reference to Germany�s support of the Boers against the British in the Second Boer War (1899-1902), which ultimately resulted a British victory and formal annexation of Boer-held territories into the British Empire.