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The V&B M mark in a circle, without the word UNTERGLASUR can date back to 1913.The only exception may be the porcelain finial on the mold number 675 Barrel.
Ask the average Mettlach collector which character steins Villeroy & Boch made, and they would probably name the Dog, the Monkey and the Owl.
MARKS There are two basic marks used on Villeroy & Boch figurals.
These are the common chapel (or castle) mark and the Mercury mark.
PEWTER LID RIMS The use of pewter lid rims on Mettlach character steins depended on the design of the piece. In cases where they might be a distraction, they were not.
There is no general rule defining when a lid rim was used and when it was not.