WW1 Kaiser Wilhelm II Beer stein

Contributed by Radjack

WW1 Kaiser Wilhelm II Beer stein

This Kaiser Wilhelm II beer stein was given to my uncle L. 2294 H. A. Burton O.S. 1 R.N. by an officer from the SMS Hindenburg. It is engraved glass with pewter lid with image of Kaiser. The makers mark isinitials AW interlinked under patent Gesetzulch. Inscription round edge of lid (presumably made at the time by Harry Burton) reads (sic) Lut. A G Schimds - HIMS Hindenbergh - Scapa Flow Dict 1918. Unfortunately, we know little of Harry Burton as he abandoned my aunt who subsequently had a mental breakdown and ended up in a hospital for 20 years. What is known, SMS Hindenberg was commissioned 10 May 1917, as a Derfflinger class battle cruiser, the last battle cruiser completed for the Imperial German Navy. Under the terms of the Armistice that ended WWI, the majority of the German fleet was interned at Scapa Flow, including the Hindenburg. It is my understanding that allied sailors worked alongside the Germans on the journey to Scapa Flow where Rear Admiral Von Reuter scuttled the Fleet, on 21 June 1919, to prevent the British seizing them. The Hindenberg was last to be sunk. I've been unable to discover any info on stein or Lut A G Schimds. Any help would be appreciated.

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