Catalog No. 315
Pottery, relief, 0.5L, pewter lid.
Exists with music box in base (add 20%).
“Alt Heidelberg du feine, du Stadt an Ehren reich,
am Neckar und am Rhein, keine andre kommt dir gleich.”
(Old Heidelberg you fine city, rich in honors,
on the Neckar and Rhine, no other can equal you.)
Text is taken from a poem honoring Heidelberg, written in 1853 by Josef Viktor von Scheffel and set to music in 1872 by Weise von Zimmerman.
Side images include Heidelberg castle’s 58,100-gallon royal wine keg, purportedly the largest wooden barrel in the world, as well as Perkeo, an 18th-century dwarf who served as both court jester and keeper of the royal keg. 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.
See also No. 438.