Mettlach VB William Tell Stein
This antique is a 9″ tall, hand-painted, 1/2 liter German stein by Villeroy & Boch. It has a decorative handle and a pewter inlay lid and thumb lever.
There are several markings on the bottom of the Mettlach VB William Tell Stein proving its authenticity. Firstly, it is incised with the 11th century Mettlach Abby logo and the Mettlach banner.
Mettlach is in Germany where the Villeroy & Boch factory is located. Secondly, it’s stamped with the Villeroy & Boch “VB” trademark. Villeroy & Boch is known for its quality stoneware.
Thirdly, it is marked with a “98” which specifies an 1898 circulation date. Lastly, it reads “Gegen Nachbildung Geschützt” which means “protected against replica”.
The stein body has a detailed etching of William Tell (who was an expert crossbow marksman and a legendary folk hero of Switzerland) preparing to shoot an apple off of his young son’s head.
He is considered a hero because he assassinated a tyrant member of the Old Swiss Confederacy using his crossbow. To read more about the Legend of William Tell read our article William Tell’s Tale.
The Mettlach VB William Tell Stein is in excellent condition. This legendary piece of memorabilia makes a great gift for collectors and avid beer drinkers.
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