Vintage Original Gerz / Gerzit figural fox lidded beer stein made in West Germany featuring a high relief hunting scene with a wild boar in cobalt blue and brown. (c. 1949-1990). Excellent condition with no damage to note. The ornate pewter-look tin lid and thumb lift assembly retains much of its silver color, but is a bit loose.
The high relief hunting scene features four hunting men (one blowing a horn, one with a stick or spear, one in pursuit and another one with a spear with a knife in his belt) two dogs and the wild boar in the woods. And of course, the figural fox as the handle. Outstanding detail.
The progression of the GERZ mark can be organized in four periods: the first phase from 1857 to the First World War was a period of growth. In this period, the company developed the essential experience to overcome the future periods marked with crisis and to secure the position of the GERZ company.
The second period encompassed the First and Second World Wars and the economic crises in the intervening years. The business operations at that time fell into considerable economical difficulties.
In a third period, beginning in 1942, the business was acquired by the Poppinghaus family. After the Second World War, the firm was able to rapidly improve and expand its market position, and modernize its designs while maintaining tradition.
With the transition into the fourth period and further change in the management, the company was sold. However the company was able to reestablish itself with its well known mark and traditions, and position itself for the future.
Through mismanagement in the 1990's the well known GERZ organization fell into bankruptcy and was liquidated. The current Simon Peter GERZ company was newly established in Hillscheid and has taken appropriate measures to revitalize the GERZ collection and establish modern international market strategies. With strong partners in the Westerwald, market-driven steins are produced today with modern techniques and designs while preserving the old traditions of the company and region. Production by skilled artists once again place the mark of the "pitcher in the triangle" in a powerful position in the international stein market.
This fine figural fox German beer stein measures 9-1/4" tall, 7" tall to the lip of the stein, 3-1/2" in diameter at the base of the stein, 5-1/4" from the outside edge of the figural fox handle to the outside edge of the stein and weighs 2 pounds 0.8 ounces. Marked on the bottom in blue ink with the modern "Gerzit" ink stamp which dates this German beer stein from between 1949 to 1990.