Brunhilde & Siegfried German Beer Stein in Grey Earthenware and Cobalt Blue Glaze

This impressive beer stein depicts the legend of Brunhilde & Siegfried. The main panel features Brunhilde dressed in a flowing gown & Siegfried dressed in armor with sword and shield. Siegried is embracing Brunhilde as she holds her horse under a tree.

The second panel on the stein depicts the incised wording, "Wenn Bier und liebe gleich verloren" which translates to something like, "If beer and love are lost".

The third panel on the stein depicts the incised wording, "Dann ware besser nie geboren" which translates to something like, "Then it would be better never to have been born". Both panels are surrounded by flowers.

Brünehilde is mighty female warrior of Germanic mythology and literature. In the Nibelungenlied, a medieval German epic poem, she is the warlike queen of Iceland, whom Siegfried defeats in combat and wins for his brother-in-law, Gunther. Hating Siegfried, Brunhilde contrives his death at the hands of Gunther's henchman, Hagen. In the Icelandic version of the story, the Volsungasaga, she is the chief of the Valkyries. Siegfried saves her from an enchanted stronghold, and the two fall in love. Later, Gudrun makes him forget Brunhilde by means of a magic potion and takes him as her husband; Siegfried then wins Brunhilde for Gunther. After bringing about Sigurd's death, Brunhilde destroys herself on his funeral pyre.

Richard Wagner's opera, The Ring of the Nibelungs, tells a different story of Brunhilde & Siegfried. This is the beginning of the story from that opera:

"The days went by. Siegfried and Brunhilde were perfectly happy upon the mountain. One day they decided that Siegfried should go forth to do brave deeds in the world. He would come back when he had won honor and fame. He told Brunhilde how anxious he would be to get back to her, and that he would come just as soon as he could. Brunhilde told Siegfried how lonely she would be without him, and how she would listen both day and night for the glad call of his silver horn. Siegfried took Brunhilde’s hand and put the ring upon her finger, saying,“This, Brunhilde, shall stay with you. It shall be a pledge of my love until I come again.” Brunhilde gave Siegfried her swift horse. On it he should ride to great victories. Siegfried led the horse down the mountain. Every little way he looked lovingly back at Brunhilde. They called and waved to each other until he passed from sight. And after that Brunhilde listened to the clear notes of his silver horn, until at length its last faint echo died away."

The stein is topped by a pewter lid that is decorated with various scrolls. The hinge is a 3-pin open hinge, which was commonly used during the time period of 1892 until WWI.

BACKSTAMP: The number "918" is incised on the bottom of the stein. There are also some additional marks but they are worn or not fully marked. They could be a circle, a "1" and a "10". The stein also features the 3L capacity mark that looks to be from the Merkelbach and Wick company.

CONDITION: This stein is in good condition. There is a small bit of cracking where the handle connects at the top, a small chip on the underside of the stein where it cannot be seen and the pewter lid also has some cracking and is a bit squished.

MEASURES: 5 7/8" diameter (7 1/2" including the handle) by 17 1/2" high

Item ID: ZV-N012

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