“Military Uniforms, 1689-1889”

Catalog No. 1934

Pottery, etched, 0.5L, inlaid lid.

This stein pays tribute to the 200th anniversary of the founding of the “Grand Alliance” in 1689 between England, Spain, Prussia and various other states, formed in an effort to block the expansionist efforts of the French King, Louis XIV. The Alliance was a significant factor in the eventual rise of Prussia as a major European military power. Uniforms from 1757 and 1813 are depicted on the right. Uniforms from 1659 and 1889 are shown below.

The “standard” lid inlay (below) depicts a relief Prussian eagle. Two alternative inlays can also be found, both of which contain the same central image showing an entwined “FR” and crown, for “Friedrich Rex”, referring to King Friedrich I of Prussia, who ruled from 1688 to 1713. Alternative No.1 (bottom left) contains the founding date of the Alliance, as well as the Latin phrase “Non soli credit”, a shortened version of “Avila non soli cedit” (The eagle doesn’t retreat from the sun.), which was a slogan of the Prussian army. The border text on alternative inlay No. 2 (bottom right) reads “Zur Erinnerung an die 200 jährige Jubelfeier” (In memory of the 200th anniversary).

Price Range: $300-$450

Standard Lid Inlay
Standard Lid Inlay
 
Alt. Inlay No. 1
Alt. Inlay No. 1
Alt. Inlay No. 2
Alt. Inlay No. 2
 
Mettlach 1934
Mettlach 1934

 
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