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I picked up a nice lot of beer steins today. One of them has a crest
that I can't find anything on. I believe it's German or Bavarian.
Can anyone identify?
Lion Passant is normally associated with United Kingdom. I found the same lion in Scotland. Being on a beer stein the picture could be an artist's interpretation. Many steins are made in Germany and exported world wide.
Actually, I would say it is a griffin, given the wings and eagle head. Other than that, I would agree with Tom in that it could just be an artist's interpretation. I too haven't seen that specific crest/emblem before, I had a bit of a search online as well, but found nothing with this exact design and colours.
Griffin's appear in many state, town and family crests in many countries.
I believe Michael is correct; it is a Griffin. Weird, I've never heard of this animal until Michael's post.
Now THAT is a shock. Isn't it strange how you keep learning about things even when you thought you were fairly well-versed in a topic? We all (hopefully) learn something new every day. That is very interesting. Thanks for sharing