101164 | AUSTRIA. "Till Eulenspiegel" uniface bronze Plaque.
101164 | AUSTRIA. "Till Eulenspiegel" uniface bronze Plaque. Issued circa 1910-1920. Folk tales series (46x70mm, 83.83 g). By K. Perl in Wien (Vienna).
Till standing left, holding scissors and clipping clothesline strung with children's shoes; in exergue, "TILL EULENSPIEGEL" in block text. Edge: MÜNZAMT WIEN.
Gem Mint State. Pleasing chocolate brown surfaces, with an appealing matte nature.
Published in the early 16th century, Till Eulenspiegel (Eulenspiegel translating to "owl-mirror") refers to the clownish protagonist in a German short story which sees him playing practical jokes in various locales throughout the Holy Roman Empire. In this particular plaque, Karl Perl illustrates the fourth story of Till in which he asks for the left shoe of the town's children, promising to perform a trick. Instead, he strings all of them along a wire, then clips the wire so that the shoes fall back down to the children. Maniacally, he laughs at the children who then fight over their shoes, confused as to which belong to what child.