Catalog No. 1424
Pottery, relief, 2.0L, pewter lid.
“Ein wack’rer Kämpe im Turnen u. Ringen
mag immerhin auch den Humpen bezwingen.”
(A brave champion of gymnastics and wrestling
will most likely conquer the beer stein as well.)
The portrait above the gymnast in the central design depicts Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778-1852), or “Turnvater Jahn”, who is credited with responsibility for the rebirth of gymnastics in Germany during the early 19th century, and for development of gymnastics equipment such as the parallel bars and pommel horse. The “4F” symbol shown on both sides of the portrait represents a movement the movement he began and stands for “Frisch, Fromm, Fröhlich, Frei” (Fresh, Pious, Happy, Free).