One of the most unusual vintage German Beer Stein mug by KING / KING WORKS of West Germany looks as if it may have been a proto-type of a to-be-made custom beer stein. Rich deep cobalt blue background with a "naked" cartouche on the front surrounded by edelweiss flowers on a creamy background. Each side of this vintage beer stein mug features cabin with mountains in the back. The applied handle is formed to replicate a tree branch. No chips, cracks, repairs or other damage to note.
What makes this vintage stoneware beer stein mug so unusual is the fact that it seems to have been only partly finished prior to firing. The paint doesn't completely cover the handle, the area behind the handle is unfinished and the usual finish touches, together with additional colors are missing. Also, the King markings on the base of this little beer stein mug are also unusual - with a lip with the number "9" and a partial King trademark.
KING WORKS are situated in the Westerwald (Western Forest) of Germany, near the Rhine and Koblenz (the ancient Roman town of Confluentia) as well as the famous Limes (the fortified Roman border). In the very first centuries after Christ, you will perhaps find the oldest roots of potters' tradition in the area.
Backed by generations of experience in finest craftsmanship, KING-Steins are mostly based on designs of antique originals. The KING-Collection of Old German, Bavarian, Austrian and Tyrolian Steins, Tankards and Mugs offers you a choice of the most original and skillfully designed products available. The trademark KING guarantees the most authentic quality to all friends of genuinely handcrafted and handpainted German Steins.
This unusual vintage KING German beer stein mug from West Germany with cobalt blue paint measures 5" tall, 2-5/8" diameter at the base, 5" from the outside edge of the handle to the front edge of the stein body and weighs 13.8 ounces. Incised on the base with ORIGINAL KING 9, a 715 incised number and a little lip or tab with the number 9.