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Title Porcelain beer stein, Wurttemberg Pioneer Battalion 13
Nationality German
Period 1911
Price £400.00

This is a little unusual, being the pontoon company (no. 4) of the 13th Pioneer Battalion (Wurttemberg) of the German Army. It is dated 1909-11, denoting the two-year conscript service of Pioneer Steeb who had this made as a souvenir by R. Kahle of Ulm-on-Danube (maker mark under hinge of lid). The base has the traditional lithophane.

The 1914 German Army had 23 Pioneer Battalions: Prussia 19; Bavaria 2;Saxony and Wurttemberg one each, excluding railway and balloon units.

These steins were purchased by or given to the owner on completion of conscript service and subsequent posting to the reserve. There is a list of names, partially faded in places, on either side of the grip, denoting all the corporals and privates in his company. The oak leaf wreaths have black/red bands for Wurttemberg, and there are two bridging scenes showing Ulm Cathedral and the unit barracks. Unlike modern copies of this genre, there must be some hundred details picked out in paint on top of the basic transfer image.

There is a little age wear and tear overall, but generally this is in good shape.

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

[Ephemera : Porcelain : German : 20th Century]


Thanks very much for the bayonet. I am very happy, I think your photos of your items are great because nothing is hidden and you can clearly see them. (Unlike some other dealers.) Everything was as you describe, I will be keeping a eye on your site for any further bayonets for my collection.

S W, UK, 10.01.2013

Just to let you know that the spoon came this morning and I am really pleased with it.

I C, Channel Islands, 26.02.2011