Landsknecht and Knight with Saying

Catalog No. 232

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

“Nach des Tages Schweiß den kühlen Trunk ich preis.” (early)
(After the sweat of the day I prize a cool drink.)

“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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