Vintage Risqué German Gerz Beer Stein With Semi Clad Lady
I really like this rare, quite risqué, Mid-19th century West German Gerz Beer Stein With Semi Clad Lady.
The stein depicts ladies’ names down two sides: including Sophia, Lilli, Gina, Simone. It then has a wonderful scene of a semi-clad lady wearing only mules and a basque, drying herself, and her underwear and stockings, above an old stove! ‘Oh la la’ or ‘Oh Je’!
I have never seen another, and it certainly makes a change from the usual subject matter on a stein; albeit slightly non-politically correct for modern times. This dates to the 1950s/early 60s when attitudes were different to those of today.
The colours are quite vibrant and there are no chips or cracks. The lid isn’t a great fit but it looks to be in original condition. The pewter appears matt and I have made no attempt to polish it as I didn’t want to damage the patina.
The makers mark on the base is a triangle with a ridged pot inside, which I believe to be Gerz, and Made in West Germany.
There is an embossed number underneath the handle, 3711.
This is a wonderful kitsch item and would suit all sorts of collectors or a gift for someone whom isn’t bothered by the subject matter! It would certainly provide a talking point amongst friends!
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Some Interesting Information on Simon Peter Gerz, Courtesy of Stein Marks
- Kirchstraße 5-7, (now Töpferstraße 7/49) Höhr, Hesse-Nassau, Prussia. (now Höhr-Grenzhausen, Rhineland-Palatinate).
- Steinzeugfabrik / Stoneware manufacturer. Hoflieferanten des Herzogs von Nassau / Supplier to the Dukes of Nassau
- Simon Peter Gerz I was born on 13th September 1830. He founded his company in 1857, possibly on an existing family pottery business that dated back as far as 1810. His company finally received its licence to produce in 1862. (There was another Simon Peter Gerz (b.1833, d.1908, in Höhr, who used the suffix “II” to differentiate himself from S.P.G. I.
- He was father of Alois Jacob Gerz of Roßkopf und Gerz).
- Simon Peter Gerz I, died 12th September 1893 and was succeeded by his son-in-law Alphons Wilhelm Lötschert (b.17th April 1863 – d.24th November 1945).
- The company became a G.m.b.H. on the 5th August 1897. The company’s products were distributed as well, through
- Steinzeugwerke Höhr Grenzhausen Gmbh marketing organisation between 1912-1918. The original company continued until 1997.
- There is a new company, of the same name, but owned by Domex, currently in Hillscheid, Rhineland Palatinate.