Catalog No. 2796
Pottery, etched, 3.0L, inlaid lid.
“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.
The lid inlay depicts the famous Heidelberg Tun, housed in the cellars of Heidelberg castle. Constructed in 1751, purportedly with the wood from 130 oak trees, this enormous wine barrel has a capacity of 220,000 liters (58,100 gallons).
A rare variation of this stein exists with two small buildings in the foreground (below left).