Catalog No. 324
Pottery or stoneware, relief, 0.5L, figural (eagle) inlaid lid.
“Lieb Vaterland, magst ruhig sein,
fest steht und treu die Wacht am Rhein.” (lid)
(Dear Fatherland, rest easily,
the Watch on the Rhine stands firm and true.)
“Der Kaiser nennt die Herzen sein im weiten deutschen Land,
das ist des Kaisers Kronjuwel, sein Kaiser Diamant.” (body)
(The Emperor calls all hearts his own in the wide German land,
that is the Emperor’s crown jewel, his imperial diamond.)
Emperor Wilhelm I (1797-1888) played a crucial role in modern history in that (with his Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck), he presided over the rise of Germany as a great European power.
Lid text 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.