Stunning Mettlach VB William Tell Stein


This stunning Mettlach VB William Tell Stein is an antique 1898 Villeroy & Boch German beer mug that features a detailed etching of the folk hero.

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Mettlach VB William Tell Stein

This collector’s item is an antique (circ. 1898) hand-painted 1/2 liter porcelain Mettlach beer stein that is meticulously etched with a scene depicting William Tell preparing to shoot an apple off of his young son’s head.

It was made in Germany by Villeroy & Boch at the Mettlach factory (model 2082). It has a decorative handle, a pewter lid, and a pewter thumb lever. Also, there are several markings on the bottom proving its authenticity:

  • It is incised with the 11th century Mettlach Abby logo and banner
  • It is stamped with the Villeroy & Boch “VB” trademark
  • It is marked with a “98” which specifies an 1898 circulation date
  • It reads “Gegen Nachbildung Geschützt” which means “protected against replica”

In addition, this stunning memorabilia is in excellent condition and it would make a fantastic gift for collectors as well as avid beer drinkers. View it on YouTube.

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Weight 7 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 9 in
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