There is no magic date after which steins suddenly looked different from those made earlier; it is a subtle variation in the manner of decoration, form, coloring and lid, most noticeable in cheap steins. The word stein is a shortened form of Steinzeugkrug, which is German for stoneware jug or tankard. Other flaws are also found - even stray chunks of clay fired onto the bottom by accident. Transit time varies from 1 - 7 business days. . Blow Your Dad Away this Father's Day Impressing dad ain't easy. Collectors may examine our , a series of beer steins produced by Mr.
In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 German Unity Day. A second category is porcelain steins. Gold and silver decoration are sometimes found on porcelain steins, and many have translucent pictures, or lithophanes, in the bottom. Or 200 or 300 years old. Today's collector is not likely to come across a stein that is 300 years old. Usually, the novice collector, lacking sufficient know-how, gets burned. It combines a tapestry style with pebbled background and an etched design of the popular Münchner Kindl.
Porcelain is a very hard type of ceramic, entirely vitrified during the firing process, with a glass-like appearance and surface. This beer stein features an amazing combination of stein artistry highlighting the world famous German Neuschwanstein Castle in a detailed metal medallion and stunning ornamental metal lid. When you order a collector stein from us, you get the real thing. Their cone-shaped metal lids pretend to be pewter but seldom look it. There are and the database keeps growing! Our ceramic mugs bring you closer to your forbears than any aluminum can ever has. Boyfriends, husbands, stepdads and grandpas will melt at the sight of their new favorite possession. Live the dream with our! Some of our drinkware is more unusual than others.
Thus, there was a presence of stoneware drinking vessels with attached pewter lids for the next 300 years. No matter what style of stein you are looking for, you are sure to find it right here! It seems that the older the steins, the more attention to detail the work received mold lines ground off, clear features and outlines, background color only where it should be. Appraisal prices refer to an item's fair market value, or what one might expect to pay for an object of similar age, size, color, and condition at auction. It is a priceless artifact; however, there are many reproductions that exist today. Exceptions exist in every stein category, and all statements are therefore general.
Each is individually numbered and marked with the Thewalt brand. Browse the database for beer stein pictures and descriptions View steins and related items produced by , , , , , , , , , or one of the many other famous German stein producers. The lighter weight makes it susceptible to tearing. This colorful and classic Oktoberfest beer stein features a jovial Oktoberfest beer drinker and is surrounded by raised relief depictions of some of Germany's most famous cities. Old porcelain steins are seldom marked, but beware. Struggling with gift ideas for Christmas? Also, from a practical standpoint, the taste of beer changes with exposure to air and lids limit the exposure. The lithophane also adds value.
Today they may specialize in one or the other. Antique and collectible dealers and sellers on eBay! These German steins are now produced by King-Werk as designed by Albert Jacob Thewalt. It was made by the Vest family, the same family that made the Apostle, in fact. To be classified correctly as a beer stein , a vessel must have a handle, a lid and a thumblift. Note the variations in pewter quality, as well. Some have the German word Musterschutz on the bottom.
Left, a heavy, steeple-shaped lid with relief decoration, made in a three-part mold. You definitely want some traditional style German glasses but nothing tops it off like some weird stuff. One new lithophane depicts a nude, a motif which would have been frowned upon by rural people in Germany, which did not escape the influence of the Victorian age. The designs on almost all of our steins have antique origins. Most people use the term beer mug, beer stein and tankard interchangeably.
Besides glass steins, we also offer beer steins made from traditional stoneware, ceramic, pewter, porcelain and crystal, with open tops or pewter lids. Reproduction regimentals have been made for years. Hand painting is usually a sign of older steins. This situation has improved markedly in recent years. Why should I measure my head? Very few steins made in recent years were made without the thumb lift. Those with less craftsmanship are presumed to be of recent vintage and worth far less.
Remember there are craftsman sitting at tables all day doing this painting on highly reliefed steins and it is very easy to miss a tiny spot in one of the reliefs or overlap some paint. Old and well-made character steins, especially in porcelain, are as prized as Mettlachs and just as expensive. Old and new earthenware steins range in body color from pale ivory to dark brown. How to tell if it is a real German stein? Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. We are often faced with conflicting generalizations regarding the approximate age of a stein. The winner's logo design is then used on all kinds of merchandise: t-shirts, mugs, steins, hats, umbrellas, posters, etc.
We also have a great selection of , the perfect gift! A miniature porcelain stein, transfer decorated with a butterfly and flower design, then highlighted by hand. All files, designs, catalogs and firm histories went down with them. What I am going to tell you may seem to be a bad thing at first but it is a good way of telling if the stein was hand painted. New, Collectible Beer Steins Based on Classic Designs Most people line their mantelpiece with pictures of family, candles or art. At least one German glasshouse is rumored to be making mold-blown steins using old forms.