This is a very tall example of a reservist’s krug from the S.M.S. Roon. The S.M.S. Roon was a Heavy Cruiser, the lead Cruiser of the Roon Class Cruisers. It was commissioned in 1906, served during WW I, and scrapped in 1921. The owner of this krug was a Reservist named “Olkiewicz.” He served in Kiel from 1907 to 1910 as part of the 1. Werft.-Division 2nd Kompagnie. The krug does not have a metal top, and never did. That is partly why it is larger than a conventional stein with top. The center panel’s main theme shows two sailors, one with a Mauser. Steaming between them and toward the viewer is a German ship.
A kriegsflagge is also present. All of this is in high relief! On either side of the central panel are further panels with a view of the S.M.S. Roon, and men from the work division shoveling coal into the boilers. On these two panels are the names of this man’s shipmates. The krug’s handle features another high-relief sailor. This is a one Litre krug that stands 9″ tall. The diameter at the rim is 3,” and the diameter at the base is 4 ½.”
This krug is in excellent condition, with vibrant colors and no problems whatsoever.