On this black Westmoreland stein you can clearly see 3 embossed panels; of a troubadour playing a stringed instrument, a pair of lovers holding hands and a regal lady standing at a balustrade, perhaps watching an opera. Each image is separated by a column sporting a gargoyle. A ribbon of sideways elongated hearts runs just below the rim of the stein.
It is difficult to find a black pressed glass Westmoreland troubadour pattern stein. They are much more readily available in other non original colours.
The Troubadour pattern was originally introduced in the early 1900's, however this mug is dated by the mark on the bottom, of a W circled by the word Westmoreland, a mark indicating it was made after Grossman bought the company in 1981. Despite his efforts the business closed in 1984.
There are letters below both the troubadour and the lady figures, possibly German.
The stein is just under 5 inches tall, 3 1/4 inches at the base and 2 inches at the mouth. It holds a cup of fluid to the rim. It is in mint condition.
It could become your new favourite stein or add it to an existing collection.
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