The "RS" is derived from its founder, Reinhold Schlegelmilch, but it was the work of his sons, Arnold and Ehrhard that made the mark famous. With factories in Suhl and Tillowitz, a majority of their production was exported from 1892 until the beginning of World War I. The Suhl factory closed before the end of World War I; the Tillowitz factory remained operational until the beginning of World War II.
This fabulous hot chocolate pitcher, circa 1900-1920, is decorated with large white rose blossoms surrounding the pitcher and nestled among pastel, shaded green foliage against a white background. The shoulder and spout is solid gold gilt, the handles decorated with an deco-style gold design and gold trim on the lid, handles and around the base of the pitcher. The pitcher measures 8 1/2" in height, 3 1/4"" across the base and 7 1/4" from spout-to-handle. The pitcher is stamped in green with the "R.S. Germany" mark and 'Handpainted", which refers to the gold ornamentation as the floral decoration is a transfer. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; the tiny tab catch on the inside of the lid has been broken off (see photo). A beautiful piece of porcelain.