Catalog No. 3200
Pottery, etched, 0.5L, inlaid lid.
“Das war der Zwerg Perkeo im Heidelberger Schloss,
an Wuchse klein und winzig, an Durste riesengross!”
(That 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 was an 18th-century dwarf who served as both court jester and keeper of the royal wine keg in Heidelberg. 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 lid inlay represents the top of Heidelberg castle’s 58,000-gallon royal wine keg. Constructed in 1751 from 130 oak trees, it is purportedly the largest wooden wine barrel in the world.
Price Range: $350-$450