Posted 12 months ago
Imperial German Reservist’s stein of Jäger Johan Mayerhofer. Johan served in the Bavarian 4th Jäger Battalion from 1877 to 1880 making it the oldest reservist’s stein that I have so far found for sale. At this time, the term of service was three years for foot soldiers, later reduced to two years. This unit was garrisoned in Landshut, a city in southeastern Bavaria. Jäger (hunter) steins are very difficult to come by and therefore rare. Only those soldiers who were sharpshooters were chosen for these units. One this old is even more rare. Almost all of the detail is hand-painted, unlike the steins to come (late 1800’s – early 1900’s) which used transfers for the side scenes and hand painting only for details such as buttons or lettering. The scene on the left side of the stein depicts three reservists in bivouac, one wearing the old style Raupenhelm helmet. The center scene shows numerous state flags, the Bavarian crown and pieces of military equipment. In the right hand scene we see a Jäger standing guard, as an officer approaches and his girlfriend is hiding in the guard shack. One wonders if he got away with his ruse. The pewter lid is tight to the handle with no movement. The thumb lift is of a military nature with a small helmet at the top above a state shield. The center hinge ring is missing, but it does not affect the operation of the lid. The lithophane has no lines and is of a unique scene. It depicts a young girl, standing next to a "hunter" in rough dress, with a woman holding a baby. There is some very minor paint wear to the red base band, but again this stein is over 134 years old. The stein has no cracks, chips, or damage.