Mettlach VB Prosit Stein. A genuine antique 1/2 liter German stein by Villeroy & Boch. It is numbered 2100. This beer mug is 9″ tall and hand-painted. In addition, it has a decorative handle as well as a pewter thumb lever and rim (the lid is missing). There are several markings on the bottom of this antique which prove its authenticity. Firstly, it is incised with the 11th century Mettlach Ab logo and the Mettlach banner. Mettlach is in Germany which where the Villeroy & Boch factory is located. Secondly, it is stamped with the Villeroy & Boch “VB” trademark. Villeroy & Boch is known for quality stoneware. Thirdly, it is marked with a “94” which specifies an 1894 circulation date. Lastly, it reads “Gegen Nachbildung Geschützt” which means “protected against replica”. This Mettlach VB Prosit Stein is in excellent condition except for the lid missing and a dent in the rim.
The stein body has a detailed etching of a Roman soldier and Germanic man. The scene takes place around 12 BC when the Romans occupied Germania. The Germanic man offers the Centurion some beer hoping to get some wine in exchange. Also etched on the stein body is the word “prosit”. This can mean simply “cheers”, or when making a toast it means “wishing good health”. In addition, the signature of the artist who created the scene design, Heinrich Schlitt, also appears on the stein body.
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