Mettlach Ceramic Stein with Smoker #1530 R. Buch Artist 1894
Hand-painted German Mettlach stein with artwork by R. Buch, depicting an elderly gent smoking a very elongated pipe while reading. Impressed marks on bottom include "94" date code for 1894, and "1530" for the series #. Measures 8 7/8"h x 4 1/8" base. One-half liter capacity. Has one small flake near the bottom rim as shown, very shallow and less than 1/8"l; allover crazing of the glaze from age. Minor roughness to upper part of pewter rim on lid where the ceramic inset sits. No other chips or cracks. Found only one reference to this particular stein, though there are others of the series that are more prevalent. Sold as is. Inglenook Antiques...Established 1989.