Catalog No. 1540
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Eendragt maakt magt.” (Dutch)
(Unity makes strength)
“Der Gott, der Eisen Wachsen ließ, 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.