Old Mettlach jugs / beer steins as an art object

The Germans and the beer drinking , 2 things that somehow belong together.  At the end of the nineteenth century, this was so and has been preserved up to the present time.  Beer halls and gardens were always a part of german national culture, especially after the German / French War (1871) and the subsequent foundation of the new empire by Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Beer jugs / beer steins developed into symbols of national pride.

Powerful decors with pictures from the Germanic legends, noble knights with graceful armor and the portraying of funny drinking scenes were intended to express the glorious past as well as the sense of conviviality, comfort and joy of life.

The jugs / beer steins which were made in Mettlach , met the time-spirit in this era.  They were small luxury items , which were proudly placed in the shelves of the inns but also on the fireplaces of a smoking room, thus attesting to their owners a particularly good taste.  And if you are looking at the many emigrants who had emigrated from Germany to America, who had taken many Mettlach beer jugs or bought them later, it was these products from Germany that kept many a part of his homeland.

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