The German firm of Schafer and Vater is renown for its comic or naughty nippers in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. These novelty bottles once held a "nip" of alcohol and was often given away by saloons, liquor stores, or at carnivals as gifts or prizes. Voluptuous bathing beauties in skin-tight swimsuits were a popular subject on Schafer's bawdy bottles.
This 5.5 tall bottle features a lithe lady moving slow and steady on the shell of her tortoise steed. Although the blue and white bisque resembles Wedgwood jasperware, the white bas relief was not molded separately and applied to the blue background, but instead the effect was clearly created by carefully layering blue and white slip in the mold. The bisque is excellent and the details sharply modeled. Like many Schafer products, it carries only a number, in this case an incised “3877” on the back.
Another jasperware jug, this one featuring a bathing belle receiving a literal seal of approval (well, actually a sea lion). Incised “3878” on back edge, this bottle is 5 inches tall.
This 5 inch tall bisque bottle features a helpful elephant showering a smiling bathing beauty with both water and attention. It is incised “3877” on back.
The Schafer nippers were offered both in jasperware and tinted bisque. This more conventional shower scene features a bathing belle rinsing off with her rather unhappy-looking canine companion. Incised” 3864," this bottle is 8 inches tall.
Another tinted bisque bottle, this one showing a swimmer having to deal with some very fresh seafood. It is is incised “3876” on the back of base and is 4.5 inches tall.