Night Stalker Stein by OHI/Gerz, OHI 001

Artist: Pat Ford, an American wildlife painter

Maker: Gerz/Germany, commissioned by OHI; lithographic transfers printed in U.S. and supplied by OHI.

Size: .5 Liters

Material: Stoneware

Lid: Pewter with figurine. Artwork for the figurine was supplied by OHI, and molds for the figurine were executed exclusively for this stein by Gerz master modeller Edwin Breiden. The figurine is made of hand-painted stoneware.

Design: Full-color lithograph made from an original painting by Pat Ford. The painting was commissioned for the stein. Ms. Ford said of it at the time: "I chose to paint the screech owl in its red phase (rather than gray) because I personally think this owl is most striking in this color phase. From discussions with some of my ornithologist friends, I understand that both the red phase and the gray phase can found in the same nest. This particular owl lived in Bentsen State Park outside Mission, Texas. A local school teacher raised him and placed him in the park. You could nearly always find him in the same tree, and he was most accommodating to the photographer."

Color: The stein body itself is a deep, forest green accented with 14k gold bands above and below the design.

Text: Only Pat Ford's signature on the body.

Notes: This was the No. 1 stein in OHI's American Wildlife Stein Series. Individually numbered, bottom stamped and limited to 1950 pieces worldwide, the stein was produced and sold out in the mid-1980s. Original retail price was $110. Secondary market examples command a premium.

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