This is a very nice colorful and cheerful tall vintage German musical beer stein. The base is incised with the word Germany and the music box has a paper label indicating that it is a Thorens movement made in Switzerland.
The entire stein is done in heavy relief with bands of gold gilding. The front panel has three men and two women in old European costume sitting at a table and drinking from glasses (Hopefully it is beer they are drinking). The back panel shows a wood cabin in the forest surrounded by green fir trees. The background on the stein is a beautiful dark or cobalt blue. There are raised white and gold flowers interspersed all over the stein. The handle is made to look like wood and is intricately carved. The lid is pewter.
This lovely tall stein measures approximately 16” tall and is 6” in diameter at the base.
The music box plays by winding a key. When you pick the stein up to take a drink the music plays and when you set it down a protruding stop turns it off. The song it plays is called “O Mein Papa”.
The condition overall is good. There are no chips, cracks or crazing. The band that is wrapped around the handle and holds the lid on is a little loose. There is some wear or paint loss on the finish on the front center panel especially on the brown pants and shirt that the man in the foreground is wearing.