Mettlach VB Prosit Stein
This collector's item is an antique 9″ hand-painted 1/2 liter porcelain German stein with a decorative handle, a pewter thumb lever and rim (the lid is missing), and the signature of the artist, Heinrich Schlitt.
Etched on the stein is the word "prosit" (which means "wishing good health" when making a toast) and a Germanic man offering a Roman Centurion soldier some beer hoping to get some wine in exchange.
This stein (#2100) was made by Villeroy & Boch (known for its quality stoneware) at the factory in Mettlach. There are several markings on the bottom proving its authenticity:
- It is incised with the 11th century Mettlach Abby logo and the Mettlach banner
- It is stamped with the Villeroy & Boch “VB” trademark. Villeroy & Boch
- It is marked with a “94” which specifies an 1894 circulation date
- It says “Gegen Nachbildung Geschützt” which means “protected against replica”
With the exception of the missing lid and a dent in the rim, the rest of the Mettlach VB Prosit Stein is in excellent condition. It makes a terrific gift for collectors.
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