Vintage Miniature GERZ Lidded German Beer Stein features in high relief a seated man playing a waldzither with a woman sitting next to him with her arm on his shoulder with an attached original heavy zinc beer stein lid. The body of this Gerz beer stein is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other damage to note. The zinc lid work perfectly but does seem a little lose (wobbles a bit side to side). It is very heavy, unlike today's modern tin stein lids.
The Waldzither (forest zither in German) is a stringed instrument from Germany, a type of cittern. The Waldzither is a 9-string German folk instrument, with many similarities to modern citterns and mandolas. Traditionally these instruments come from the Thüringen part of Germany, and appear to be virtually unchanged throughout the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
This vintage Gerz German beer stein has rich deep colors with a deep cobalt blue background, a tree-branch shaped handle, with a village church in relief on one side and a Dachau on the other side. The center pane is surrounded by mountain flowers in blue and white with yellow centers and green leaves and foliage. This miniature vintage German beer stein has a heavy lid and is marked on the inside with the GERZ logo and 94% ZINN (zinc).
This West German beer stein measures 4.75" tall to the top of the stein lip, just over 6" to the top of the beer stein lid finial, 4" from the front to the end of the handle, is just under 2" in diameter at the top of the stein and about 2.75" in diameter at the base. This vintage miniature German beer stein weighs 13.3 ounces and is stamped on the base under glaze with GERZ, the Gerz logo (a pot within a triangle) and West-Germany. From this mark, we can date this vintage Gerz German beer stein to between 1949-1990. This vintage beer stein would make a very nice addition to a vintage beer stein collection, a Gerz stein collection or a miniature German beer stein collection.
A2023 - Miniature GERZ German Beer Stein - Man Playing Waldzither - West Germany