Prussian 47th Field Artillery Reservist Stein 1909-1914

Souvenir items which commerate service in the Kaisers' army.

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Prussian 47th Field Artillery Reservist Stein 1909-1914

Post by ww1czechlegion » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:09 pm

Hi Everyone,

I purchased this stein the weekend before the S.O.S., and am pleased to show pics of it. Joe says that Daniel is interested in this regiment, as he has family connections to the regiment.

Here below is some great detailed information concerning regimental steins, much of it which I was not aware of. It was posted on another forum, by Chris from New Zealand, known as "90th Light" on WAF. Thanks Chris, for the great information!

A question as to why this stein does not have a roster on it is explained by Chris below:

"All steins ordered at the time of the original order, during the final year of the conscripts service, and ready for final ceremony when they are signed out to then become reservists have rosters on them.

The stein salesmen would come round about 9 months before the sign out day and see who wanted what. The steins were then made, assembled and painted as a batch with special individual orders having their extra features added at the time. Everything was got ready for the big day.

After that final conscript year and at any other time, a reservists could buy a stein to commemorate their service in that unit if they chose to, but any steins purchased after the event do not have rosters on them because the rosters were specially made as a one off for the big unit order and were not kept on file by the companies which made the steins.

This is a stein purchased after the event, hence no roster. Still a perfectly nice stein and totally original 101%

A stein cost at least a months pay for a conscript of private rank and some cost as much as 3 months pay. Not everyone could afford one at the time, some wanted one later having not got one, or had broken the one they had, and others sometimes decided that they wanted another at a later date.

These steins are an incrediably underated piece of WW1 German militaria. Many of the German soldiers named on such steins served in WW1 as reservists and were killed or wounded.

They are an absolute capsule of history with names, dates, units and places. Plus they look so good on display,

Chris

p.s. the horse thumb-lift tells me that this "Reserv. Gefr." was a trained fahrer in the gun team or more correctly the gun towing team which is a nice touch and not seen all that often."

All the Best,

Alan
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Post by 3littleweasels » Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:20 pm

WOW!! What a piece! Dont see to many like that-great find!-King Weasel

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Post by J.LeBrasseur » Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:42 pm

Cool stein!
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Post by ebeeby » Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:13 pm

Alan - Thanks for the topic and photos. I wonder if you or Chris on the other forum could post a little something on how to tell reproductions from original. Obviously "made in Germany" stamped on the bottom is a give away but not all the repros have that.

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Post by reservist1 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:39 pm

See this thread for some basic information on reproduction regimental steins

http://pickelhaubes.com/forum/viewtopic ... highlight=

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Post by ph0ebus » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:01 pm

Wow, that is quite a stein! Indeed, my granfather was with FAR 47 for quite a while early in the war. For a second I did a double take because I have family named Wachsmann, who married into the Stern family.

Joe, thanks for the heads up!

-Daniel

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