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  • Item Category: Alcohol & Smoking
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 17, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
Vintage German King Stoneware
Lidded Beer Stein

This terrific, vintage, original KING #5 German stoneware lidded beer stein was handcrafted in Germany by KING, and depicts Austria's Coat of Arms on the face panel. It stands 7¾" tall, weighs 1 pound 13 ounces, is numbered 605 and is in excellent condition. The stamp on the bottom reads "Original King", "Austria", "Handmade, Handpainted, Handarbeit, Handmalerei". It is also stamped ½ on the bottom, which would indicate a half liter. This stein is topped with a hand painted Bald Eagle on the heavy conical pewter lid with hinge and thumb lifts.

The double-headed eagle of the Hapsburg-Lorrin dynasty, used as Austria- Hungary's coat of arms between 1867 and 1915 is the one hand painted on the face panel of this stein. The Hapsburg family used the eagle, first one-headed and later two-headed as the main supporter behind the shield. The head represents the dual sovereignty of the Emporer (secular and religious) and/or dominance over both East and West. The two-headed eagle continued to be on Austria's coat of arms until 1938. The eagle's claws hold a golden sickle and a golden hammer. From 1934, to the German annexation in 1936, Austria used this coat of arms, which consisted of a double-headed eagle with the broken chains âe" which later symbolized the liberation from Nazism and was added after World War II.

The Alpine flower of Austria, Edelweiss, is depicted in relief along with other heraldic symbols in the side panels. This is a truly beautiful piece for the experienced or beginning collector; and is a beautiful representation of a wonderful part of the history of Austria and Hungary.

Founded in 1949 as "Wurfel & Muller", known today as "KING" or "KING-Werks", KING is one of three German stein companies that still produce 100% of their steins in Germany with 100% German materials and labor.

This stein is vintage, unique, and quite collectible. Bid now before someone else does and you lose this treasure forever!

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