Catalog No. 684
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Fest steht die Wacht am Rhein.”
(The watch on the Rhine stands firm.)
“So leb denn wohl, mein trautes Lieb.”
(So farewell my dear love.)
“Gott grüsse dich o süsse Heimath.”
(God greet you oh sweet homeland.)
Germania is an ancient symbol personifying the strength, unity and liberty of Germanic peoples.
The text beginning “Fest steht…” is derived 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.
Dates on the iron crosses (i.e., 1870/71) commemorate the German victory in the Franco-Prussian War.
See also No. 1194.