German Mettlach Masonic Stein

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This half liter Masonic Stein was made by the famous Mettlach Stein Company of Germany.  It is without a doubt one of the finest Masonic Steins ever made.  It is full of symbolism with the dominate themes of "two right hands grasping" and "Three Great Lights" (Holy Bible, Square and Compasses).   It is hand-painted and signed by the artist Christian Warth.  It stands 8 3/4 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter at the base.  On the bottom it has the Mettlach "Castle" mark and the style number 1819.  Its a wonderful piece right down to the "Man in the Moon" on the lid hinge. 

The right hand has in all ages been deemed an important symbol to represent the virtue of fidelity. Among the ancients, the right hand and fidelity to an obligation were almost deemed synonymous terms. Thus, among the Romans, the expression fallere dextram, that is to betray the right hand, also signified to violate faith; and jungere dextras, meaning to join right hands, and thereby to give a mutual pledge. Among the Hebrews, iamin, the right hand, was derived from aman, to be faithful.

The "Three Great Lights" in Masonry are the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses. The Holy Bible is dedicated to the service of God because it is the inestimable gift of God to man, and on it we obligate our Brethren. The "Square" to the Worshipful Master because it is the proper Masonic emblem of his office, and the "Compasses" to the Craft because by a due attention to their use we are taught to circumscribe our desires and keep our passions within due bounds toward all mankind, especially a Brother Mason.





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