Landsknecht and Knight with Saying

Catalog No. 232

Pottery or stoneware, relief, 1.0L, pewter lid.

Text:
“Nach des Tages Schweiß den kühlen Trunk ich preis.” (early)
(After the sweat of the day I prize a cool drink.)
                    or
“Ob Rittersmann, ob Lanzenknecht, ein jeder gern sein Schoppen stecht.” (later)
(Whether knight or soldier, each gladly downs his portion of beer.)

A Lanzenknecht (or Landsknecht) was a feudal serf used for military purposes by his master. These “soldiers” were often traded between landowners and were, in a sense, the equivalent of modern mercenaries, with the important difference that they were not free to choose their employer.

See also No. 129.

Price Ranges
Full-color: $75-$100
Ltd-color: $60-$80

 
     
RM 232
RM 232

 
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