100765 | GERMANY. Hans Huckebein der Unglücksrabe uniface cast bronze Plaque.

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    100765 | GERMANY. Hans Huckebein – der Unglücksrabe uniface cast bronze Plaque. Issued circa 1910. "Das Desaster" (85x173 mm). By L. Berens (after W. Busch) in Hamburg.

     

    The raven Hans Huckebein standing next to chalice of liqueur, on the verge of trying it / Rough incuse of obverse, and stamped: L. BERENS / HAMBURG 22 // 11 (in circle).

     

    Virtually as cast, some light rusting on the reverse. Very rare and interesting.

     

    Hans Huckebein, der Unglücksrabe (the unlucky raven) is a children's story written and illustrated by Wilhelm Busch, with its first serial publication appearing in Die illustrierte Welt in 1867. It tells the tale of Hans Huckebein, a mischievous raven, caught by a young boy (Fritz) and who subsequently causes all sorts of mayhem in the home of Fritz and his aunt Lotte. Fate, however, would get the best of the Hans, aided by more than a few nips of liqueur.

     

    This interesting and rather large plaque features one of the scenes in the story, lines 73-74, reading thus: "Jetzt aber naht sich das Malheur // Denn dies Getränke ist Likör," roughly translating to "Disaster's on its way, for sure, // For this libation is liqueur." For more information on this story, please follow this link.

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