German bicycle stein with writing dated August 4, 1912. Grape and vine motif with rider holding victory reef and finial. Inscription reads "Dem Meisterschafts- Sieger. Der Vereinigung Stuttgarter Rennfahrer. Gewidmet von der, Wurttemberger Zeitung." As a result of the bubonic plaque and several invasions of flies throughout Europe, Germany established several laws in the early 16th century requiring all food and beverage containers be covered. By combining a lid, hinge, and thumb lift, these "German" containers could easily be opened and closed with one hand. Steins became very popular, and many different types of designs and decorations were artistically applied to them. Many stein-decorating styles and techniques were developed over the centuries, offering further diversity to this creative, historical, artistic, and ever-evolving gift item.
PERIOD: Early 20th CenturyORIGIN: Germany, Europe
SIZE: 19"H x 7"D