Catalog No. 1194
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
“Fest steht und treu die Wacht am Rhein.”
(The watch on the Rhine stands firm and true.)
“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 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.
The earliest examples of this stein (right) are distinguishable from later versions by the presence of the years of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) on Germania’s shield, as opposed to a German imperial eagle.
See also No. 684.