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Title Porcelain beer stein, 7th Wurttemberg Infantry
Nationality German
Period 1908

This stein is unusual insomuch as it is not Prussian, but rather one of the lesser states: Wurttemberg. It is inscribed round the top: 'Inf. Rgt. Kais. Friede. Koenig v. Preussen 7. Wurtt. Nr. 125 Stuttgart 11. Comp. 1908/10', and round the bottom: 'Tambour Gefreiter Heselschwerdt', a drummer corporal.

The owner's name is reiterated on one of the columns/lists of names by the handle, which record all the men in his company. There is a lithophane in the base, showing a soldier with his girl (this shows up rather yellow because I used a spotlamp to illuminate it).

These steins were normally purchased by or given to their owners on completion of their military service and posting to the reserve in the late 19th and early 20th centuries of the German Empire.

The condition is excellent throughout and the proof of the pudding lies in the hand-coloured detail applied on top of the transfers in the form of buttons, medals, etc. The copies normally never have these details hand applied. The porcelain also appears to be in perfect shape. The spike on the helmet of the figure on top is bent over with use.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Miscellaneous : German : 20th Century]


I just received the buckle, it's an excellent example, thank you again.

N J, UK, 08.04.2017

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015