Pewter stein. Marked "M.F." on top with faint etching of a tree. Body has engraving that is very faded and difficult to make out. Appears to be a dedication beginning with the letter "L". Faint 1880's date is visible but last number is imperceptible. Maker's mark on bottom. 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: Late 19th CenturyORIGIN: Germany, Europe
SIZE: 12" x 9"