Catalog No. 3000
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid, typically with figurine.
The central image on this stein depicts Prince Regent Luitpold, de facto ruler of Bavaria from 1886 through 1912. Prior to the end of World War I the Kingdom of Bavaria was a state in the German Empire which fielded its own army.
From the 1888 until the onset of World War I, German males between the ages of 17 and 20 were obligated to serve a period of active military duty, normally two or three years, after which they became reservists, subject to recall through the age of 45. Upon completion of active duty, reservists often purchased souvenirs in remembrance of their experience, personalized beer steins being the most popular of these service mementos.
Note that the pictured example has an unusual false bottom, producing the half-liter capacity. The reason for the false bottom is unclear, but it at least possible that this stein also exists in a one-liter version with the false bottom removed. However, a larger capacity version has yet to be documented.
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