Lavishly ornate Victorian Glass Beer Stein from circa 1890, give and take a few years.
Featuring a common street scene of that time, two Gaukler (street performers), a singing woman and a man with a dressed up monkey chained to his musical machine.
The scene is elaborately decorated with swirls and flowers with hints of the emerging Art Nouveau period. This ornate design carries through to the lid lever which is equally elaborate, and rather large. The face of a woman, adorned with a head band greets us here, the plaque in front, for initials or a date, is left blank.
Quite an astonishing piece this, the lid alone is a work of art. The hinge wide and solid.
Small air bubble enclosures here and there in the glass itself, some scratching on the outside body, not excessive, but more notable on the handle and thick glass base.
Lid sits well (not surprising with such a chunky hinge) and moves with ease.
Below the handle, near base, is an area of chipping where the Stein must have received a bang or blow of sort. It's not deep, more surface superficial, and can be touched by hand, no sharp edges.
Overall in good antique condition, suitable for every day use.
Glass main body features 3 rows of oval shaped cuts and a thick solid base. Nicely rounded top rim.
Measuring 15 cm tall (20 cm up to lever), 9.5 cm base diameter and 0.5l capacity.
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