Catalog No. 3580
Stoneware; relief; 0.5L, 0.25L or 0.125L; pewter lid.
Configuration varies depending on size.
“Das war der Zwerg Perkeo im Heidelberger Schloss,
an Wuchse klein und winzig, an Durste riesengross.”
(There was the dwarf Perkeo in Heidelberg castle,
small and tiny in stature, but with a huge thirst.)
The text on this stein is from a poem by Josef Viktor von Scheffel, written in 1847 and set to music in 1872 by Stephen Gruwe.
Perkeo (pictured with the text, below left), was an 18th-century dwarf who served as both court jester and keeper of the royal wine keg in Heidelberg castle. Despite his size, he was reportedly quite a prodigious drinker and, according to legend, his death came about when he mistakenly drank a glass of water. The stein’s central image depicts Heidelberg castle, and seen on the left side is the castle’s 58,100-gallon royal wine keg, purportedly the largest wooden barrel in the world.
0.5L Full-color: $25-$40 / Ltd-color: $20-$35
0.25L Full-color: $20-$35 / Ltd-color: $15-$25
0.125L Full-color: $15-$25 / Ltd-color: $10-$15