Discontinued and limited edition 1980 Avon collectible stoneware beer stein commemorating the Cattle Drive, Stage Coach, Roping and Chuck Wagons, featuring very detailed and in relief pictorial of cowboys on horses, a stagecoach, cattle roping and a chuckwagon. The thumblift and lid are pewter.
This highly collectable vintage stein is numbered on the base in gold metallic under glaze and was handcrafted in Brazil exclusively for AVON PRODUCTS, INC and was distributed only during 1980. A wonderful addition to a western or old west collection.
Cattle drives involve the movement of cattle from one place to another, traditionally by cowboys on horseback. Cattle drives were a major economic activity in the American west, particularly between the years 1866-1886, when 20 million cattle were herded from Texas to railheads in Kansas for shipments to stockyards in Chicago and points east. The long distances covered, the need for periodic rests by riders and animals, and the establishment of railheads led to the development of "cow towns" across the American West. Because of extensive treatment of cattle drives in fiction and film, the cowboy became the worldwide iconic image of the American.
A stagecoach or stage coach is a type of covered wagon for passengers and goods, strongly sprung and drawn by four horses, usually four-in-hand. Widely used before the introduction of railway transport, it made regular trips between stages or stations, which were places of rest provided for stagecoach travelers. The stagecoach were traveling at average speeds between four and seven miles per hour with the total daily mileage covered anywhere from 70 to up to 120 miles.
Roping cattle is one of quintessential traits of being a cowboy. Numerous paintings and bronze statues feature people astride bucking broncos as they prepare to let loose their lassos and rope an escaping calf or cow. Roping cattle is not an easy task, and takes an amazing amount of hand-eye coordination as well as strength and a steady hand
A chuckwagon or chuck wagon was originally a wagon that carried food and cooking equipment on the prairies of the United States and Canada. They would form a part of a wagon train of settlers or feed nomadic workers like cowboys or loggers. It was common for the "cookie" who ran the wagon to be second only to the "trailboss" on a cattle drive. The cookie would often act as cook, barber, dentist, and banker.
Crafted of beautifully detailed glazed ceramic pottery, this beer stein features a pewter thumblift and a "leather braided" handle, with "leather braided trim along the top and bottom bands.
The base color of this vintage collectible beer stein is a creamy beige with wide band of burgundy-leather color near the lip and another near the base. Unused condition, with no chips, cracks or other damage to note.
Avon began life as the California Perfume Company in 1886 in New York City by David Hall McConnell and his wife Lucy who created and began manufacturing a line of perfumes. They sold their perfumes through a lady, Mrs. P.F.E. Albee, now known as the First Avon Sales Representative. Enlisting more representatives, the company grew and by 1896 issued its first catalog for customers to choose from.
In 1976, Avon began producing beer steins. Steins have been used by beer and ale drinkers for over 500 years. The Avon beer steins are ceramic or metal and made in Brazil. Some of the original steins were filled with cologne and some came with just the stein themselves.
This vintage Avon collectible beer stein measures 7.5" to the lip of the beer stein, 8.5" tall to the top of the flat stein lid, weighs 2 pounds, 6.5 ounces and measures 4" diameter at the base tapering up to 3" diameter at the lip. Never used with no chips, cracks or crazing noted. .Also included is the original 8 fl. oz. bottle of AVON WILD COUNTRY COLOGNE
Marked on the base "AVON, Handcrafted in Brazil exclusively Avon Products, Inc., Distr. (distributed) 1980" and individually numbered with 341818 and the original foil label "CERAMARTE, MADE IN BRAZIL".