Catalog No. 1415
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
Text varies with central image.
Text (Ludwig II):
“Dem Bayernland starbst du zu früh,
dein treues Volk vergißt dich nie.”
(Bavaria you died too soon,
your faithful people will never forget you.)
(Welfare of the People)
This stein was produced in at least two versions and honors rulers of the Kingdom of Bavaria.
King Ludwig II (right), ruled Bavaria from 1864 until shortly before his premature death in 1886, and is best remembered for his castle-building. The most well known today is Neuschwanstein, but he was also responsible for Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee, two equally spectacular undertakings. Embattled over his spending and leadership, Ludwig was drowned in Lake Starnberg under questionable circumstances at the age of 40.
Prince Regent Luitpold (below right) was the de facto ruler of Bavaria from 1886 through 1912. The text on the stein bearing his image is taken from the Latin phrase: “Salus populi suprema lex esto.” (Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.), first penned by the Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC).
See also No. 1283.