Catalog No. 990
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Ich habe keine zeit müde zu sein.”
(I don’t have time to be tired.)
“Lerne leiden ohne zu klagen.”
(Learn to suffer without complaint.)
“Ich will des Staates erste diener sein.”
(I want to be my state’s first servant.)
“Lieb Vaterland magst ruhig sein,
fest steht u. treu die Wacht am Rhein.”
(Dear Fatherland, rest easily,
the watch on the Rhine stands firm and true.)
Stein depicts Wilhelm I (1797-1888), Friedrich III (1831-1888) and Wilhelm II (1859-1941), the three emperors who reigned over the German empire from 1871 through the end of World War I.
The first text line (Ich habe....) is a frequently quoted sentiment of Wilhelm I; the second (Lerne leiden....) is one of a long list of “Prussian Virtues” and currently serves as the motto of the elite German Naval Special Forces; the third (Ich will....) is a statement originally attributed to Prussian King Friedrich II (1712-1786); and the final text line (“Lieb Vaterland….” is taken from the chorus of “Die Wacht am Rhein” (The Watch on the Rhine), a German patriotic anthem, written in 1840 by Max Schneckenburger and set to music in 1854 by Karl Wilhelm.