1890's Spanish American War / Lieut. Hobson Mettlach Villory & Boch Lidded Stein
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1890's Spanish American War / Lieut. Hobson Mettlach Villory & Boch Lidded Stein:
Fantastic and very rare, original, ca1898 German Mettlach / Villeroy & Boch Spanish American War / American Patriotic Beer Stein with a fantastic PUG (Printed Under Glaze) portrait of Naval Hero and Medal of Honor Recipient Lieutenant Richmond P. Hobson flanked by American Flags.
This fantastic Mettlach Beer Stein / Mug measures approx. 5 3/4” tall (to the top of the domed, pewter lid) and 2 3/4” in diameter at the base. It has an impressed mark of the rim that reads "4/10 L" (held 2/5 liter of beer) and carries the inl stamp Villory & Boch / Mettlach “Mercury” mark on the Base along with an impressed style number (2218) and various impressed and ink stamp marks that are typical of Mettlach Steins of the late 19th century.
The Stein features a central portrait of Lieutenant Hobson with text above that reads “The Hero of the Hour, June 3rd, 1898” and text below that reads “Lieut. Richmond P. Hobson”. The portrait is flanked by American Flags and by images of Spanish American War era Naval Warships.
Richard P. Hobson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1889. He was ostracized by his fellow midshipmen for his total abstinence from alcohol and Tobacco. He maintained a superb academic record, graduating first in his class and became the highest ranking midshipman: Cadet Battalion Commander (today's Brigade Commander). After duty in Chicago, he underwent additional training and was appointed Assistant Naval Constructor in 1891. Hobson then served at various Navy Yards and facilities, including a tour of duty as instructor at the Naval Academy.
In the early days of Spanish-American War, he was with Admiral William T. Sampson in New York, and arrived off Santiago on June 1, 1898. In order to bottle up the Spanish squadron of Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete, Hobson took temporary command of the collier Merrimac, which he would attempt to sink as an obstruction in the channel. The attempt was made early June 3, under heavy Spanish fire, which disabled the steering gear of the collier. Hobson did sink the Merrimac, but was unable to place her in the shallowest part of the channel. With his crew of six, he was picked up by Admiral Cervera himself and treated quite chivalrously. Hobson became a hero of the American press while he was a prisoner of war in Cuba. His portrait appeared in hundreds of newspapers with embellished stories of his bravery in volunteering for what was perceived as a suicide mission. A fund was raised to aid his parents in avoiding foreclosure of their mortgage. When Hobson was released during a prisoner exchange on July 6, 1898, hundreds of American troops snapped to attention, then burst into cheers as he passed. He was deluged with speaking invitations when he returned to the United States. After dining with President William McKinley, Hobson traveled west by train en route to San Francisco and the Philippines. Crowds greeted his train at many stations, and his enthusiasm for kissing admiring young women made him a sex symbol of the Victorian age. He became a sort of celebrity during the rise of popular journalism at the turn of the century and was referred to as "the most kissed man in America”. Hobson authored a book about the events surrounding the sinking of the Merrimac. Hobson was advanced ten numbers in grade after the war and, in 1933, awarded the Medal of Honor for his attempt to block the channel.
This rare and very attractive, Pre-Prohibition Mettlach Spanish American War subject Beer Stein is in very good condition - the glaze and the colors are bright and beautiful with no chips, cracks, physical or repairs of any kind. The stoneware ground is an off white color and there is a small area of light discoloration to the pottery ground at the rim of the Stein. The Stein retains its original, hinged pewter lid which is exceptionally well preserved.
A very rare and very attractive, ca1898 Mettlach / Villeroy & Boch Spanish American War / American Patriotic Beer Stein and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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