The scene is taken from a poem (Der Trompeter von Säckingen) written in 1885 by J. Viktor von Scheffel, which tells the story of a love affair between a trumpeter and a baron’s daughter. Original engraving entitled “Abscheid” (Farewell) done in 1888 by C. Schweninger.
A collectors must! - nearly every beer stein maker had or has a "Trompeter von Säckingen" stein in their series. Fig 1 (Diesinger) & 2 (Zoeller & Born) above ilustrate typical examples of old and new, the old steins are very difficult to find, all being carefully looked after in private collections.
Today the new time collector still has a choice of numerous modells which are all based on original antique steins that where first sculpted as far back as the early 1900's.
Ilustrated on the right (Fig.3) is another fantastic example of a present "Trompeter von Säckingen" beer stein. This prunk stein is the year 2005 Limited Edition from King-Werk, and is limited to 2500 pieces worldwide. It is a replica of an historic original modelled by designer Gustav Thinwibbel around the year 1890. Below are details (Fig.4,5 & 6) showing how carefully Thinwibbel detailed the stein from the prints of C. Schweninger.
The "Trompeter von Säckingen" Beer Steins
Behüt dich Gott, es wär zu schön gewesen. (May God watch over you, it would have been so nice.)
Behüt dich Gott, es hatte nicht sollen sein. (May God watch over you, it should not have been.)
Also around the year 1890 Gustav Thinwibbel designed the following Marzi & Remy stein (Fig. 7,8 & 9). He used for his design the "Die Trompeter von Säckingen" scene: "Die Überraschung" this was also taken from the engraving from C. Schweninger.
The "Trompeter von Säckingen" beer steins are first rate examples of romantic and historically designed Westerwald beer steins, they are works of art out of the heart of Kannenbäckerland.
Peter Willis 2009
( J. Viktor von Scheffel )