100767 | GERMANY. Hans Huckebein der Unglücksrabe uniface cast bronze Plaque.
100767 | GERMANY. Hans Huckebein – der Unglücksrabe uniface cast bronze Plaque. Issued circa 1910. "Der größte Lump bleibt obenauf" (85x173 mm). By L. Berens (after W. Busch) in Hamburg.
The raven Hans Huckebein standing proudly over a bone, having driven away the dog and cat / Rough incuse of obverse, and stamped: L. BERENS / HAMBURG 22 // 9 (in circle) // Hans Huckebein / Der größte Lump / bleibt obenauf.
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 47-48, reading thus: "Und Spitz und Kater fliehn im Lauf, // Der größte Lump bleibt obenauf!!," roughly translating to "And Spitz and tomcat run away, // The greatest scoundrel wins the prey!!" For more information on this story, please follow this link.