Third Reich Kriegsmarine Cruiser Konigsberg Stein
The pottery, 1/2 liter stein is approximately 8 3/4 inches tall overall. The stein depicts the coat of arms of the city of Konigsberg, for whom the cruiser was named. Below the coat of arms is the designation “Kreuzer Königsberg”. The pewter lid has a relief anchor design. The stein is manufacturer marked on the base. It is in near mint condition, without chips or cracks. Commissioned in 1929, Königsberg served as a training ship for naval cadets throughout the 1930s, and joined the non-intervention patrols during the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. After the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, she laid defensive minefields in the North Sea and then participated in Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Norway in April 1940. While attacking Bergen, she was badly damaged by Norwegian coastal artillery, and sunk by British bombers the following day in the harbor. The wreck was eventually raised in 1942 and broken up for scrap the following year.