Tankard or beer stein
Overall: 10 3/4 x 8 x 5 3/4 in. ( 27.3 x 20.3 x 14.6 cm )
stamped: beneath base: "39" stamped: on rim: "EMPIRE THEATRE. WED. EVE., MARCH 30, 100TH. PERFORMANCE 'THE CONQUERORS'"
Stoneware tankard with molded figures, gadrooning and foliate ornament with cobalt blue underglaze; cast pewter lid, thumbpiece, and handle mount.
Begun as a family enterprise in the 1820s, White's Pottery developed into a huge commercial establishment by the end of the century. Charles N. White, who took over the business in 1886, hired a German designer to create molds for decorative stoneware in the Germanic tradition. This stein commemorates the 100th performance of "The Conquerors," a show that opened at Broadway's Empire Theater in January, 1898.
Gift of Mr. Thomas O. Mabbott
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