Catalog No. 232
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 1.0L, pewter lid.
“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.