“Rodenstein Villages and Castle”

Catalog No. 2038

Pottery, relief, 3.8L, figural inlaid lid (buildings).

“Pfaffenbeerfurth soll der Hochschul’ sein,
mein Durst den Herrn Studenten.”

(Pfaffenbeerfurt shall belong to the university,
my thirst to the students.)

The theme of this stein is drawn from a poem by Josef Viktor von Scheffel entitled “Die Drei Dörfer” (The Three Villages), in which Herr von Rodenstein and twenty of his friends engage in some truly incredible long-term drinking sessions at the Stag Tavern in Heidelberg, which he pays for by selling off two of the three villages he owns in the Odenwald (Gersprenz and Reichelsheim). Eventually, he finds that he is no longer able to drink, so he has a formal document drawn up by his attorney, donating the third village (Pfaffenbeerfurth) to Heidelberg University and his “thirst to the students” so that he can watch them drink as he once did.

The configuration of the lid inlay can vary, depending on when the stein was produced. The pewter lid ring may be either baroque-style repoussé (shown) or plain.

Master stein to No. 2829. See also No. 2824.

Price Range: $2,000-$2,500

Mettlach 2038
Mettlach 2038

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