This vintage salt glaze stein is a gorgeous example of Western Germany made pottery ceramics, which has a unique design and style. It is stamped on the bottom with the word, Handarbeit, which when translated to English means "work done by hand". This piece was crafted by an experienced potter who formed it with his bare hands.
The stein is a grey stone wear that has been hand painted with several different colors. It features a scene with two birds perched on opposite sides of a flower that looks similar to a dandelion. The birds are painted a shimmering gold with plum colored wings and legs. The leaves and stem of the flower are painted a deep cobalt blue, and the top of the flower is painted the plum color found on the bird's wings. Enclosing the scene is a line and zigzag pattern on both sides. The plum colored handle is curved and seems to dissolve directly into the stein without any flaws.
A pewter lid fits perfectly on top of the stein and is securely attached to the handle. It is fitted with a thumb latch for easy opening and closing of the lid. This design makes the stein seem more sturdy and stable as well as being highly functional for the person using it.
There are no chips or cracks found in the lid,: there is one small chip (original to the firing process with glaze over the top) found on the inside of the handle. This stein stands at 5 3/4" tall and 5 1/2" wide, including the handle. The handle and latch measure 5" tall, and the opening of the lid is 3" wide.
It is an unusual example with a delightfully charming design.