Beer Steins, From Stoneware to Faience

September 24th, 2008

Frank Loevi discusses collecting beer steins, and the history of stein production in Germany and the U.S. Loevi can be reached through his Beer Stein Library, which is a member of our Hall of Fame.

I’ve been a beer stein collector for about 25 years. About 10 years ago I sold my business, a specialty database provider. At that point, I had some experience in compiling databases and beer steins were my passion, so with the spare time that had become available to me I tried applying my business skills to the hobby I enjoy and the Beer Stein Library was born.

If there’s one thing missing in almost every hobby, it’s a source of searchable information. When you’ve found an old beer stein and want to know something about it — When was it made? Who made it? How much it’s worth? — where do you go to find answers? There are some books available, but the few that exist cover very little of the territory and quickly become dated, particularly with respect to pricing information. My hope is that the Beer Stein Library will eventually come to be seen by collectors as something of an information warehouse, where they can both find what they’re looking for and contribute to the learning of others by adding information and photographs from their own collections.

It was actually my wife who first got me interested in collecting. It was my birthday and she bought me a beer stein from a local shop that turned out to be a reproduction of a 17th century stoneware piece from the Westerwald area of Germany. The stein was packaged with historical information about the original it was based on, as well as facts about some of the other pieces in the series. S.P. Gerz, the German company that made them went out of business in 1999, but they had hooked me on beer steins and I remain an avid collector today. I tend now to focus more on antiques, rather than reproductions and newer steins, but my original completed set of 25 Gerz early Westerwald reproductions remains one of the centerpieces of my collection.

I think that happens with a lot of collectors — someone will give you a gift or you’ll pick up a stein while vacationing in Germany and you start to become interested. Soon you have a shelf full of beer steins and eventually a whole room full of them and you’re still doing it.

Collectors Weekly: When were the first beer steins made?

Early faience stein with oriental motif (Erfurt, circa 1750)

Loevi: In the mid-1500s. The steins from that period were produced in the area around Cologne on the Rhine river, in towns like Siegburg and Raeren. A little later, in the early 1600s, the town of Creussen in eastern Germany emerged as a production center, and was the first to make use of enameling as a decorating technique. Other towns soon followed, with each geographic area adding its own particular styling traits to the drinking vessels of the day. The earliest steins were made of stoneware [see group above], but soon thereafter Faience steins began to appear in an attempt to compete with imported Chinese porcelain. The secret of making porcelain didn’t reach Europe until the 1700s, but these early steins imitated the look with a tin oxide glaze on earthenware, often painted with Chinese motifs. While all of these early steins are collected in this country, their rarity and high cost make them somewhat less popular among antique collectors than those of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The 1860s in Germany began what many collectors call the “golden age” of collectible beer steins. While the earlier steins typically had some form of decoration, they were principally intended to be functional. People bought them to drink out of, not to put on a shelf and look pretty. By the late 19th century, factories were springing up in the Westerwald area, which had been a center for German stoneware production for more than 200 years due to its abundant clay deposits. They started mass-producing steins that were often designed less for drinking than display. A similar transition to mass-production was also taking place in the porcelain centers in eastern Germany around Dresden.

The “golden age” lasted until the start of World War I, which began a period of economic dislocation from which the German beer stein industry has never fully recovered. As collectibles, however, steins from the golden age were just getting started. Largely as a result of soldiers bringing them back to America following World War II, German beer steins started to appear in this country in quantity and by the mid-1960s they began to attract serious collector interest.

“Almost every Mettlach stein is marked with a company logo, form number, and year.”

In recent years steins have become almost exclusively decorative items, many with themes aimed specifically at American collectors. In the 1970s Anheuser-Busch started distributing its own beer steins, which played an important part in the surge in popularity that beer stein collecting has enjoyed over the past few decades. A-B steins represent today’s most popular collecting area, even though none of them are currently more than 35 years old. The “Schultz and Dooley” character steins from the West End Brewing Company are another group of highly collectible contemporary steins made specifically for the U.S. audience. Schultz and Dooley were first introduced as talking beer stein marionettes used in television commercials for Utica Club beer in the late 1950s and early 60s. They became so popular that other cast members were soon being added to the commercials and the company began producing and distributing the first in a series of Schultz and Dooley steins, now consisting of almost 40 different characters, which continue to be sold today.

Most of the early collectible steins are German, but there are exceptions. I have 2 or 3 ivory steins that were probably carved in Italy. To the north in Scandinavia they made wooden steins, and even the Russians occasionally produced a beer stein or two. Today, more often than not, you’ll find that beer steins are made in Brazil or China, with many of the German manufacturers having succumbed to the pressures of globalization.

Collectors Weekly: How many different materials are collectible beer steins made out of?

Hand-carved ivory stein (Italy, circa 1900)

Loevi: If you can think of it, they probably made a beer stein out of it. One of the most unusual I’ve ever seen was coated with Mother of Pearl. It sold for something like $120,000 at a recent auction. Another that you won’t see very often had a silver body covered with shark skin. Most steins of course are ceramic, but many other materials get used on occasion, including metals of all sorts, from pewter to gold.

Beer steins, like many collectibles, often reflect the culture and history of the place where they were made. One of my favorite subjects on German steins is the Battle of Teutoburg Forest in 9 A.D. when the Romans failed in an attempt to conquer the Germanic tribes in the area east of the Rhine river. That might not sound very important today, but consider the fact that the Angles and the Saxons, among other unconquered German tribes, eventually emigrated to England and their language went with them. As a result of that, the way we speak in the U.S. today is significantly less “Latinized” than it might have been had the battle of Teutoburg Forest gone the other way.

Of course, that’s only one small example of the many culturally related themes you’ll see on German beer steins, including an almost unlimited array of historical events and contemporary depictions of daily life. On steins that are being made today, particularly for the U.S. market, you can find scenes depicting everything from the American Revolution to muscle cars.

Collectors Weekly: Who did the art on the steins?

Loevi: The creation of a beer stein typically requires both a concept drawing and a sculpted model, so you could easily have more than one artist involved in the process. With many of the “golden age” German steins, the concept was drawn from period paintings. For instance, the work of Franz Defregger, a prolific painter of scenes from daily life in Bavaria, appears on literally hundreds of different beer steins. Another artist whose work appears regularly on steins is Heinrich Schlitt, who’s most well-known work is found on the ceiling of the Munich Rathskeller, but whose often comical depictions on beer steins are highly sought after by collectors. The work of some of the most famous German artists of the Art Nouveau period can also be seen on beer steins, including Franz Ringer, Richard Riemerschmid and others.

Of course, these people didn’t do any of the painting on steins directly. Their designs show up in the form of a relief representation that is molded into the stein, or as a printed picture which is then applied to a smooth surface on the body, either of which may then be enhanced with hand-painting by a factory painter. Occasionally you’ll see a stein with a completely hand-painted central decoration, but they’re relatively rare, simply because they’d be far too expensive and time-consuming to produce in quantity.

Collectors Weekly: Who were some of the major manufacturers?

Mettlach “etched” stein No. 2524

Loevi: In the early days, beginning in the 16th century, every beer stein was hand thrown on a potter’s wheel. There was a master, journeymen and apprentices working in small shops, often with only three or four people. By the second half of the 19th century, mass production was introduced into beer stein manufacturing. Instead of being hand thrown, they started casting steins in molds, and that’s still what we do today.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries dozens of manufacturers opened relatively large scale production operations in Germany. The company that’s often described as the “Cadillac” of beer stein makers from that period is Villeroy and Boch. They had a factory in a town called Mettlach on the Saar river that produced well over 1600 different designs during the “golden age” of beer stein production. Mettlach steins in general tend to command a premium over other steins from the period, but most collectors seem willing to pay the price in order to be able to boast of at least one or two Mettlachs on the shelf.

There are probably about two dozen manufacturers from the “golden age” with names that would be recognized by the typical collector, most of which have long since disappeared from the landscape. Today, the biggest German manufacturer is a company called King-Werk, which wasn’t even formed until after World War II. Currently, the title of world’s largest beer stein manufacturer is held by a Brazilian company called Ceramarte, but that title may not stand for much longer, as production has been moving increasingly to countries in the Far East like China and Thailand.

Collectors Weekly: Did these companies put marks on their beer steins?

Loevi: They did in Mettlach, which is one of the reasons they are as collectible as they are. I’ve occasionally seen an unmarked Mettlach stein, but they’re few and far between, making Mettlach steins among the easiest to recognize. At a minimum, almost every Mettlach stein is marked with a company logo, a form number and the year of manufacture, so that even beginning collectors can purchase them with a relatively high comfort level. Other “golden age” steins are not necessarily so well marked, but almost every manufacturer’s steins have recognizable characteristics that make identification possible by experts.

The earliest steins (16th to 18th century) can often be found with potter’s marks, but are more typically recognized by decoration characteristics as products of a particular town or city, like the Siegburg and Creussen steins I mentioned previously.

Modern steins are typically marked in some detail and generally include the number of pieces planned in the “limited” edition, as well as a number assigned to the particular stein in question. Of course, like most “limited edition” collectibles in today’s world, the limit is typically set on the basis of how many pieces the manufacturer thinks it can sell and is largely meaningless.

Collectors Weekly: What about the lids on top of the beer steins? Did they all have lids?

Schultz & Dooley steins (modern)

Loevi: It depends on how you define “beer stein”. In Germany they have any number of terms to describe a beer stein, the most common being Bierkrug, which pretty much translates into anything you hold beer in. In the U.S. there’s an organization called Stein Collectors International, which concentrates its efforts principally on antique stein collectors, that has developed its own vernacular. To SCI members, any drinking vessel with a hinged lid is a beer stein. Without a lid, it’s a mug. If it’s a pitcher with a lid, it’s a pouring stein. Outside of SCI, those definitions don’t necessarily apply. In Germany, where it all started, with or without a lid it’s still a Bierkrug.

For a long time it was thought the Germans had enacted laws requiring the lids during the era when the Black Plague was sweeping Europe. It’s been pretty well established that such laws never existed, or if they did they were limited to insignificant geographical areas, but nonetheless lidded drinking and pouring vessels were commonplace in Germany by the end of the 16th century. If you ask a German why, the standard answer you’ll receive is that the lids kept the flies out. When the plague is coming down your street, you want to give it as little chance as possible to get into whatever you’re consuming. Today, of course, the lids are more traditional than practical, but it’s pretty easy to see how the tradition got started.

Collectors Weekly: Where do you do most of your research?

Loevi: It depends on what I’m looking for. When I’m researching a mark, there are a number of excellent reference books, mostly from Germany, cataloging stoneware and porcelain marks applied to beer steins and other ceramic objects. For research on the meaning behind a particular decoration on a stein, the Internet is by far the most important resource. I’m constantly amazed at how much information I’m able to uncover when I’m trying to find out something about a relatively minor event in history or an obscure monarch or saint. Of course, as is true with most collectibles, a critical source of information is the collector community. Much of what serious collectors learn over time has never been stored in an organized form, but we’re making every possible effort to change that state of affairs through the Library.

Collectors Weekly: What are some of the most interesting steins you’ve come across?

Loevi: I have about 200 steins in my collection, but my favorites are some of those early steins we talked about before. What makes the earliest steins most interesting to me is that each one has it’s own history and there isn’t another one exactly like it anywhere else. For instance, one of the prize pieces in my collection is a faience stein marking the coronation of August the Strong as King of Poland in 1697. How much closer can you get to holding a piece of history in your hands? Who knows, it’s even possible that a real European king actually drank from it over 300 years ago.

Porcelain steins (circa 1880-1900)

At the other end of the spectrum, I’m a baseball fan and I’ve got a stein that was fairly recently produced to honor Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. It’s probably only worth about $20.00, but I like it and it sits on the shelf with some other baseball memorabilia. So interest is in the eye of the beholder, and if you’re a committed collector they’re almost all interesting in one respect or another.

(All images in this article courtesy of Frank Loevi)

161 comments so far

  1. Echo Hall Says:

    I have a Stein that is over a hundred years old. I would like to know if you put people in touch with collectors or those who could asses the value. I hope to hear from you soon.

  2. Claudia Says:

    My husband has a stein which I believe is worthless, he thinks it might be worth something, he doesn’t remember where he got it. It has a pewter top, looks to be ceramic with a raised pastoral scene with a man playing a lap harp surrounded by two women and a dog, there are two scrolls on the lower part of the stein one is inscribed wth Auf der Alm and the other with Do gibf’s koa Sund, the bottom is inscribed with triangle with a T inside it and a line at the top extending outside the triangle. Beneath is a stamped Original The Walt.

    Please respond so I can put my husband’s curiosity to rest. Thanks.

  3. Cherie Says:

    I have a pair of steins that I purchased in Argentina at an antique auction. The mark has a G in the middle of it, there are also two sets of numbers carved in the bottom.
    There is a foil sticker that says Alpete Alamania, and a stamp that says made in Germany that both look like more recent additions. The second stein does not have these, just the G mark and the number 73C with a small 4.

    The tops are pewter looking, the motif is a medalian desgin around the base, with feather looking design in between. The glazes are a “runny” dark brown, orange, and beige. I can’t tell if it is stoneware, looks like it.
    Any ideas? They are handsome, and I imagine a collector might like them.

  4. edward martin Says:

    I have a stein that my father brought to america in the 1920’s from germany. It resembles the stein that you have on your first group of steins at the heading of your site (the one on the left). It is grey with blue. It has a troll rolling a barrel down a street. the only marking is 702, and on the bottom is a large cross where it sat in the kiln. It is incised for 1/2 L. The lid is flat slightly rounded,with a ball or knob for lifting with your thumb. The lid is affixed with a band around the handle and wraps around with no seperation where it encloses the handle. It looked old in the 1940’s. He also had one that had apainting of a servant girl painted in the bottom and sandwiched between two porcelain bottoms in the bottom so that it could only be seen after you had lifted it to the light. sadley it is gone. How do I tell if it is old.

  5. David Says:

    I have a reservist porcelain German beer stein with the names of the reservists listed on the stein. The company is Reservist Wichmann 1894-97. There are approximately 40 names listed in alphabetical order along with many hand painted mounted officers pictures. The stein has a pewter lid with an eagle “thumb spot ” to lift the lid. It was purchased in Bremen Germany in 1971 or 72. What is it’s value and where would I find someone to purchase it? Other writing on the stein..”Stolz zu Kolz die Liavallerie, auf dem Postenlpatn. fruh!” 1/2 L. I can not find any manufacturer name on the stein. It is in excellent condition.

  6. Ruth Kelly Says:

    I have a mug that belonged to my step dad,the bottom has Germany and the number 12.It has three different paintings around the sides,One says heilt allen schmarz,another side says IEin frohlich herz.there are small holes around the top.can you tell me anything about this mug and if there is any value. thanks!

  7. karen Says:

    I have a stein that I bought my husband many years ago. I have all the paper work for it but do not know were to look to see if it has increased in value. It is a limited edition Altenburg stoneware pottery stein with fan like rosettes in blue and white with a flat pewter lid. It is one in a series of 1000.I do not know if it makes a difference or not but it is marked West Germany and was made before the uniting of East and West Germany. Thank you in advance for your help. Karen

  8. shannon Says:

    I have a stein that I found at a thrift store. It is a cream color and the top and bottom are a brown. The handel has a twist look to it. It is 5 1/2
    inches tall. The picture on the front is not in any color but the cream and the brown lightly over the picture of 2 men, one holding 2 mugs, the other holds one in the air.It is in excellent condition,but very old. It has glaze cracks that look really cool.My husband says that is might be one of the throw away mugs they got at brewery tours. I found a simular one that was called a falstaff stein but it only gave discription and one pic. Please help me. I would like to know what it is and how much it is worth.

  9. sandy Says:

    i have a beer stein that my brother brought home from germany while he was in the sevice in the early 1960’s. the name that i can make out on the bottom of the stein appears to be weizenbier-brauer, with the number e e1 , rheingonheim. there is also a symbol of A AND A g underneath the A, WITH THE #WW26. ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU sandy

  10. roger ruefer Says:

    wear can i find out information on a very old family stein? The only markings on it are the numbers 212
    letter K
    the letters RM in a star. Any information would be appriciated.

  11. Mary Aldridge Says:

    I am an ex-British Regular Soldier, and during my service in Germany puchased an Antique MILITARY Beer stein.
    I know from all of my readings on the subject that it is absolutely Original.
    It was presented to a Musketier Siedler for his service at Giessen 1900-1902 it was an Infantry unit that he served with and the lid denotes this. it has a lithophane in the base , with the units nominal roll on either side of the handle where Siedlers name is mentioned again.And is in 1st. class condition.I am sure that it would be of great interest to a collector and would appreciate any information to its value and how best to place it on the market

  12. Esther Mosher Says:

    I have a ceramic (?) musical stein that is stamped underneath made in England and has a Thorens Swiss movement embossed gold sticker on the bottom. The bottom is put on with wood and held on with three hinges with two screws in each. The picture on the stein is of early period 1800’s (?) people, in a decorated room, dancing in a circle with some of them playing musical instruments and a little pig dancing as well. It seems to be hand painted and quite old. On the other side of the mug is a lady in a single cart with a whip pulled by a donkey with a mountainous background. The characters are somewhat three dimensional. My grandmother had this and that is all I know about it. Your help on this would be appreciated. I know that Thorens started making music boxes in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. Thank you. Esther

  13. mike H Says:

    I have a mug im trying to find out more about it has three scenes one with a woman carrying a green blanket,one with a man and woman the man is holding flowers the last scene is a womancarrying grapes and holding up a bunch .the only markings are R.H germany and the numbers 1243would like to find out more about or know were to go to thank you mike

  14. Thomas Clawson Says:

    I have a hand-painted, carved porcelain German beer stein dated 1812. The date is painted on outside of stein and carved into bottom of stein. The caption beneath a depiction of some type of feast reads “Falstaff in der Schenke.” Printed around the bottom of the stein is the inscription “Der Liebe Nicht Jedes Gelingt Der Durst Aber Alles Bezwingt.” The handle is a carved grapevine and the grapevine carving encircles the top & bottom of the stein. I do not know the stein’s history in my family. Our family was Dutch and came to America in the 1700’s.

  15. Robert Says:

    I have inherited some steins from my grandfather and there is one particular one that I am curious about. It is white ceramic with a conical etched pewter lid and has a painting ofthree people, two men and a lady. One man is dancing for the lady while the lady looks on with her hands on her hips and the second man watching while seated with a cup in his hand. Below them is a scroll that reads “auf der alm da gibts koa sund”. Also, there is a lithopane at the bottom of the stein of a seated nude woman that can only been seen when you tilt the stein towards a light source. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks. Robert

  16. Gail Says:

    We have a stein/decanter, which ever the case may be that has a date on it 1802 on the bottom. It has the writing (DER ERSTE ZUG NIE LANG GENUG). It has what looks like a pewter lid. It has two couples sitting a table along with a woman on the end and a man standing with items in each hand. It states it was made in West Germany. Any help with this on where I could find what it is worth. Any help would be very much appreciated. It seems to be in excellent condition other than the lid has a slight dent, but still closes.

  17. j bowers Says:

    i have a western german beer stein by the Walt limited edition of 5000 with the numbers 395 engraved on bottom also a date of 1895 western germany

    mug is porcelain with prinz heinrich on it old sail ship and another man prais roofevelt and 4 leaf clovers around the bottom

    is this of any value and is this an old mug

  18. J A Henderson Says:

    I have a pair of western germany beer mugs with org mold year 1894 stamped on the bottom. They appear to be porcelain with das lob ich mir ein feines bier on one and Bier u. frohes Lied macht mie lebens miid on the other. Are they authentic antiques?

  19. Paula Says:

    I have a Dooley beer stein that appears quite old. Anything I’ve read on the originals – mine doesn’t have any of the markings. The only markings on the one I have is on the bottom – very hard to read is “Original KING 3″ and on the left hand side of the pewter handle is etched “1/2L”. Could you give me any info on this particular stein and value?

  20. lily Says:

    i came across a western german beer stein with a castle on the bottom and the words “alt-grenzav, 1894″ also has the number 7, and a picture of a triangle with a T in the middle with the words “origin thewa”? what does this all mean?

  21. Paul Walton Says:

    I have a large stein, 24 inches tall it has a triangle with Gerz stamped on the bottom of the triangle surrounded by a circular band that says Gerz inside the band and a 7 outside the band. It also has a curved stamp Benoyomell with a 8 inside the curve. I purchased this stein in 1973 I know it is not particularly old but it is the largest stein I have ever seen

  22. Mary Vedro Says:

    I have a German beer stein which reads on one side Lobich mir! and on the other side Dirndlu Bier in the lid it says DBGM with a symbol and a #63 the bottom of the stein is stamed Germany. Can you give me some feedback on this? Thank you.

  23. Sean Biner Says:

    My name is Sean and I started collecting steins about 2 years ago and have about 200 diffrent ones. I collect most kind, except Japaneese. Is there a really good on-line guide i can use to make sure I am not being cheated when I buy an antique stein and it let’s me know more about the makers of steins.
    Thanks Sean

  24. Patti Says:

    We are in the middle of conducting a Living Estate Sale for my husbands 93 year old Grandfather who is in a nursing home. He has a collection of steins that he bought when he was stationed in Germany with the military. We have learned by their mark are Reinhold Merkelbach (1945 -1964). There are 11 that vary in size from about 15″ to about 7 or 8″. How do we value them and what is they best way to sell them?

    Thank you for any assistance or advice you can offer!

  25. Susan Messamore Says:

    I have a small 4 and one half inch stein that has a star of David with the initials R.M. Also the number 889. It looks like yellow ware and has burgandy flowers and green leaves on it. I am curious about the maker and the age of this stein.
    thanks ,


  26. Kim Vaughan Says:

    Good Afternoon!

    We have a very large (maybe 5 litres)wood & silver stein – it is decorated on both sides with a battle scene of – I think! – Moors & Christians and the spout is a bearded ´god-like´man. The markings on the bottom are
    B & O´N and what looks like ´Mercury´ (the winged messenger) inside a shield shape. Is there any information that you can give us about it?
    Many thanks

  27. David Says:

    I have a family stien that was recently given to me. It has a rams (i think) head and a star of david between the two hooves and a enscription that reads; Wenn mun beim Bock litzt dunn Ichweigenalle Soryen. Any information/history/value of this stien would be appreciated.
    Thank you,

  28. Matt G Says:

    I recently aquired an old stein from my grandmother. Its 200 years old (1810) and has the initials KFP on it. My grandmother purchased it for 2 cartons of smokes in the 1950’s in Italy while she was there with the State Department. Just wondering if it was worth something.

  29. harold Says:

    Hello, I have a antique german beer stien (I think)with the initials LL on the lip of the stien and it has some pictures of buildings with some german names etc, can you throw some light on what it’s worth and give me some back ground on LL.
    thank you
    Harold Roy Miller

  30. Peg Hegna Says:

    I just purchased a small stein at a yard sale.
    It stands just under 4 inches tall, and has an elaborate pewter lid that has a flanged handle with an ornate thumb opener. There is a protusion also where it attaches to the handle of the stein. The handle itself has a pattern down both sides.
    The lid also looks like an engraved bell with a pointed top making the stein stand 5.5 inches tall.
    The bottom of the stein in labeled “Germany”
    It appears to have three scenes, one a church,with a steeple cross and fir tree, a man with four steins in his hand and a woman with an apron perhaps dancing, and what looks like a grismill with three trees in the background.
    There is snow on the grismill and church.
    Any ideas what is is worth or when it was made?
    Under the handle are the numbers…1677.
    It is cream colored with cobalt blue backgrounds to the murals, and trim with green and brown on the pictures.
    Thanks for any input,

  31. Jeff Filer Says:

    Hi I have ben looking for someone that can answer a question I have about a 1940 ish stien I own. It was a gift to my mother as I understand and after the first use was given back to my father. In the bottom is a photo af a woman not a painting but a negitive type of thing. It has little to no identifiying marks but was purchased in the 40’s in germany. I am wondering if it is worth restoring as it has a few small chips in it and the pewter top needs a little reshaping. Thanks for any help you can offer.

  32. Mel Says:

    I have a stein that was given to me by my late father who was born in 1906 and I don’t know where he got it from. It looks like it is clay with a pewter silver lid. The scene is a woman standing beside and slightly infront of the mans side. The man has a moustache and is holding a gold pipe in his left hand and a red tie green jacket and red hat and the woman is wearing a purplish rose coloured dress with yellow frills across the breast a green hat and has a gold necklace. There is a scene of a village and green trees on the back. The scene is raised and not flat. On the bottom there is a stamp “G” and numbers 7950 and a sticker black and gold that might say gifcouf as it is hard to see. Do you know if this beer stein is valuable as it looks like it is hand painted and possibly hand made.

  33. Frank Loevi Says:

    To Mel and others above — Online evaluations and appraisals, even when I can figure out what you’ve got without photos, are dependent on a wide range of factors and not possible based solely on written descriptions. For those who want to learn more about a particular stein and have the ability to post photographs, I’d suggest you try, a bulletin board run by Stein Collectors International, which is frequented by a number of SCI members who are generally more than willing to answer questions. However, keep in mind that there, as here, useful responses are rarely possible in the absence of photographs.

  34. Patricia Ackerson Says:

    I was going through a “pitcher” collection of my grandmothers. There is a small (7-8″) stein. On the bottom is an inlaid stamp “western germany”; the number “3”; “7/8″ and triangle with a “T” and what appears to be another line or nail above the T……any ideas?
    Thank you for your time.

  35. Anna Neumann Says:

    I have a beer stein, who belonged to my Husband family who came from germany.
    It’s 13 inches tall excluding the lid. on the bottom had a number 526 with a 0 below it. On the front it reads Eiu Kochdemedlen Gerstensaft.
    Picture of people on the front a man wearing a king crown. a young man is pouring beer into a stein with a young girl holding it.
    It has maroon color on th lid with designs. Green above the people heads. Then at at little bit from the people it reads FestzngdesXonigs
    and below that it reads Qambrinus. not sure if it’s a Q or G.
    My husband greatgrand father came from Germany.
    I bought a 100 yrs and old beer stein book , nothing in there.
    While living in Ok. we took it to a man in Tx.He couln’t appraise it.
    I would appreciate any feed back
    Thank you for your time. Anna

  36. Ben Says:

    I recently purchased a pair of hand made antique beer steins, I have never seen before anything like it and wondered if you can tell me something about them, what is unusual is not just the carved or shaped design, but the size of them too, a whopping 18 and a half inches in height, the lids are carved lions and the colorful decorations around the mugs include zebra, tree’s, bison’s, giraffes, gnu’s and elephant (surprisingly no monkey) unless I haven’t spotted it yet, and the handles are tree branches with a leopard sitting at the top, I am more than happy to supply a photo when you reply, I believe these were a hand made limited edition as on the base of one of these is a signature and the number 3, please help if you can, thanks.
    PS another unusual thing I just noticed, the signatures seem different on the bases, on one base, it’s signed but there is no number and on the other it is signed with a different name it looks like and the number 3

  37. Lori Says:

    I have two Reinhold Merkelbach Grenzhausen beer steins with a big G that looks like a c with an rm in the middle, well as, made in Germany with a 3305 on the bottom. All of these are stampled into the pottery. Both are 6 1/2″ high. both are of a scent of a man and a women holding hands with the man’s other arm flinging high – the woman’s other hand is on her waist – they look like they are dancing. there is a banner on the other side of the stein that has Jmmer lustig und durstig written on it (I have no clue what it says). How would I find out more information on these and is it worth it to pursue finding out or are they just ordinary steins that have no value?

    Thank you for you time, Lori

  38. Christine Says:

    I bought an antique stein in the 60’s in Osnabruck.It is grey and blue with a pewter lid. It has 5 different busts of -I presume-high-ranking army officers (prussian?) There is no name or number anywhere. I have looked and have never found anything resembling it. I can always send a photo, but would like to know more and it’s value.

  39. Cyndi Says:

    I am trying to find an antique German Beer Stein that plays “O Mein Papa” … any ideas on how I can find one?

    Thank you!

  40. Linda Says:

    My brother gave me a beer stein that is glass and has a bell on top of it. It also has a whimsical scene on it …a guy with a girl on his shoulders couple of kids skipping maybe? (The girl has flowers the boy is holding a stick) there’s a guy with a red X on his shirt sleeve with a bag on his shoulder that has a big red X on it pushing some kind of cart with a guy who looks to have had too much to drink (this guy is holding a jug (of beer?) and his shoes.
    The underside of the bell on top has Made in W-Germany stamped in it and the initials BMF N in a triangle. Can you give me any info on this stein?

  41. Jim Says:

    I am trying to get some information on a Stein my Grandmother in Bavaria gave me.
    I believe it is a Konigs Krug. It is in memory of the Queen of Bavaria (Lithophane of the Queen) Pewter Lid Flowers and the words “Zum Audenken”
    Any help would greatly be appreciated. On the lid is engraved Koignus Herb.
    Thank you for your help.

  42. Kenneth Says:

    hi, i recently purchesed a thewalt lided stein. it was given out to primary pharmacies and doctors. it has many diff, stamped itens and words on bottom, it also is marked 1894. these stamps were put on the bottom of this stein before it was fired. and it also is a limited edition of 5000 it is marked with paulus & thewalt, it also is done in cobalt blue and a off white color. can u help me find more out about it as well as value???

  43. Karla Says:

    I have a wonderfully old and gorgeous stein I’m thinking might be german. It has a decorated lid, with Blue and Yellow flowers on both sides, and a family scene of a woman seated and on a spinning wheel, another standing, pouring a drink, A man seated in a chair with a pipe and bag or something in other hand, and a boy hugging and kissing a cat on the floor. there is Green accents to frame each “picture”, with the overall stein being in a tan/peach colored glaze, with white accent “droplets” just before the base continues in the tan. All of this is raised, everyone has brown hair, Blue or Yellow dresses on women, Blue or brown shirts on boy and man, white apron on pouring lady, brown chairs and spinning wheel with a brownish basket of wool on floor, Cat is white and brown, mans shoes are brown and so is the mans shoes. Mans pants look like a greenish blue gray. The stein is marked with a Crown that has 3 lines to make it look like a crown and about 10 “dots” around the crown as jewels or accents. This is over an S that has a line intersecting it’s center with 2 hash marks crossing it from top right to bottom left just to the right of the S and intersecting line. Looks like there was once a shaped label-flat small at bottom, up to a bushy tree shape, but the top part is missing, and so is anything except the “paperglue” remains of the label. Any info at all would be greatly appreciated. I need to know whether this is a $20.00 stein or something I need to put on my insured valuables insurance. I can email pictures if anyone thinks it would help! Thanks in advance!

  44. Mary Beth Says:

    I just picked up a beer stein at a garage sale today. On the bottom of the stein there is a stamped impression that says original mold year 1894 and then the word Germany is stamped underneath. Also stamped at the bottom is a 4 and another stamped number which looks like 190 (?).

    The stein has a domed shaped lid and is a beige color with a dark blue glaze. There are three raised pictures/scenes on of two ladies, another of 2 ladies and a man dancing and the 3rd is of two men sitting at a table. Under one scene there are the words “Auf der Alm”.

    Could this Stein be worth something or is it ok for us to use it as an everyday item?


    Mary Beth

  45. Sharon Says:


    I hope you can help. I have a GERZ 1869 beer stein stamped with the logo and Made in Germany. There is also a mark on the inside of the lid showing “DBGM” with the logo underneith. There is a woman sitting at the table with a man. The man looks like he has a cloth in his hand and is fanning the brow of another man who is also sitting. The stein is very colorful and is in very good condition. Can you tell me what a stein dating back to this year is worth?

    Your help is appreciated.


  46. Marcia Says:

    My son acquired a beer stein at a yard sale and I hope you can tell us about it’s history, specifically it’s age, the manufacturer and it’s value. It has markings “Western Germany” stamped and also a triangle that encloses what appears to be the letters B and L linked together with a line underneath that has upward turned ends over another line that is turned downward at the ends. The stein itself is dark brown glossy glaze at top and bottom with a raised tan colored scene of two men and a dog seated and standing by a fireplace smoking pipes (the dog isn’t smoking). It appears to have had a lid at one time because there is a hole at the top of the handle.
    Thank you for your consideration,

  47. Jessica Says:

    My mom got an old German stein from a garage sale and was wondering if it was worth anything. On the front it looks like a village with the writting of gruss aus nurnberg. On the left it has a name burgparhe Nd on the right it has heukersieg. When we opened it up it had an old piece of paper that read “in minich there stands a tavern” and signe by looks like Burgander. Or something like that. Underneath the writting on the stein “gruss aus nurnberg there is a light blue shield with a yellow crown and in the middle of the shield looks like a yellow colored woman with a small crown on her head. On the bottom there is no writting but it is a musical stein. If any one can help please email at Thanks

  48. John Says:

    I have a stein with a pewter top a raise picture of 2 women a man and a dog on the front. on the back there is a banner that says ” immer lustig-2029-immer durstig “wich I know means alway funny,always thirsty.On the bottom it has made in West Germany stamped into stein and the numbers 2029 and 16.Also has a symbol of what looks like a box with a upside down cross in it and a rose out of the top.Hope you can help me with a year and possible worth

  49. Dewayne Says:

    I have a stein with a pewter top it is tapered with a 2″ opening at the mouth and about a 4″ base it is about 13″ tall and is almost completley covered with the lords prayer in german in raised letters and has a light brown glaze on top that darkens as you look lower on the stein the numbers 1624 are stamped in the bottom possibly the year? also “made in western germany” is stamped in the bottom as well as what appears to be “ws” or”sm” its difficult to make out any info you may have regarding this peice would be greatly appreciated

  50. ruth Says:

    I have a West German beer stein that when you raise the stein it plays auf weidersehn. When the music is play a german girl with a scenic german background twirls round and round. The handle looks like it has the name D.C. Angem with Nr. 15090. Could you tell me its worth. It is in excellent condition. Ruth


    I have searched for the history of a stein I have and can find nothing. The bottom is stamped Unter
    Weiss Bach and there is also a number 9827. It is green and white, lidded and topped with an acorn.
    There is a tan raised ram’s head on the front. It is quite beautiful. Can you tell me anything about it?
    It is in great condition. Thanking you in advance for any info.

  52. Ralphie Says:

    I have a german stein that is embeded on bottom of stein with “3006/germany and signed as well. It is a 1/2 stein and has the star of david on it with a pewter tiered top and is cobalt blue, and says seems to be cermaic or some kind of kiln fired material with verbage written on it as follows Burgpartie,Gruss aus Nurnbeg,Henkersteg. Looking for meaning as well as cost, ive had for about 20+ years, please help if possible. Thanks in advance for any info/input.

  53. Brenda Says:

    I have 2 beer steins (no lids), on bottom say original mold 1894, I believe these are Thewalt by the marking of the triangle with a capital T in the center. One has a number 4 on it and it is a a picture of a man sitting in frnt of a fence holding a mug or pitcher in his hand and reads Fin? Feines Bier, Das lob’ich mir and under the handle has the number 83. The other has number 1 under the handle, number 6 on the bottom, reads Behut dich gott es hat nicht sollen sein, Behut dich gott Eswar’so schongewesen and has flowers and a man blowing a horn, hanging on to his horse. These were my great grandfathers and were handed down to me, is there anything you can tell me about the value? Thank you kindly.

  54. bonnie Says:

    I have a ceramic german beer mug/stien? it has a christamas story on it about the man who lives in the house that is painted on it . on the bottom it says “Zauoy mold” nad is singed Inga, dated 1919. can anyone tell me anything about this mug/stien? I really don’t know the difference between a mug or a stien sorry.Thank you.

  55. Jay Buettner Says:

    Hi. I have a lidded pewter beer stein with hunting motif panels around it with beautiful detailing, people at a tavern, being serenaded, rifles & targets, flowered panels all done in pewter relief. The bottom of the stein has the angel mark of angel holding scales in one hand and a trumpet and palm frond on the left. I know this is a mark used in the 1700 and 1800s and the angel mark is over a fish and the initials, “ASN.” I’d appreciate any information if this is Anton Schreiner, Nabburg and if so, about the date this company was founded to get an idea of the age of the stein. Thank you for your expertise.

  56. irene hatfield Says:

    I bought a beer stein when we lived in germany in 1952. It has a decorativepewter lid and there is this German saying on it Rausmit Dem–vort wenn es mahr ist-hinab mit denr Crankwenn er khir ist. This saying is not exactly right because I just couldn’t make out some of the words for sure. Do you think you can tell me anything about it?.The stein is a dark blue with grey background.Its ceramic.Thank you.

  57. E. Quinn Says:

    I have a set of 8 amber colored beer glasses that have a round circle on the bottom rather than a flat surface. I was told this was to assure that the beer was consumed quickly, so as to have another! These belonged to a man who would now be at least 100 years old.

    Can someone please tell me what I have?!

    Thank you

  58. Bill N. Says:

    I am in possession of a half-liter beer stein that my father brought back from World War II which appears to be military in nature. It was found in a house in the town of Hamelin, Germany that was badly damaged and burning at the time, ca. February, 1945.

    The stein is beige in color, and has a variation of the Schleswig-Holstein coat of arms on the side, surrounded by a branch with oak leaves. There is an inscription on the side which says, “Up ewig ungedeelt” (translation: “United forever”).

    The pewter lid provides the greatest clue as to its origins. It is inscribed with the words, “Das soll ja gluecken Kiel 1903.” The English translation is “That Indeed is to Succeed – Kiel, 1903.”

    The lid has an (eagle?) handle, and an image on the top of a lighthouse in the foreground, overlooking the (Baltic?) sea with a sunburst and a distant ship in the background.

    At first glance, I wonder if this stein’s origins have anything to do with the German Imperial Naval Academy that was active in Kiel, Germany from 1872 to 1918.

    If anyone knows anything about this stein, or others like it, any information would be greatly appreciated.

    This stein was obviously very precious to someone, and had some special meaning. My intention is to possibly identify the descendants of the family in Germany who originally owned this stein, and return it to them.

    Thank you.

  59. Kirk O Says:

    I have a wooden beer stein that appears to have been hand turned on a lathe. there is a wooden top with a four leaf clover centered at the apex. the top is afixed with a wooden pin so that it can be “hinged” up. the stein itself sits on four wooden legs about 1/2″ tall. the overall dimensions are approximagely 8″ tall, 5 3/4″ diameter. It is a family heirloom from my father. ON the bottom is a sticker that states “Norway – Olson, EL-4.8837 211-Rushmore” I believe it may have been loaned to a museum at one point in time. also ther appears to be hand carved initials and date “(F)(J)HS” not sure if it is an F or a J. and the date 1782. Any information you could provide, or if there is anyone you could put me in contact with would be greatly appreciated. I would also be willing to send pictures for your review.

    Thank you.

  60. Francine Says:

    I have a stone mug with the words “Gruss Aus Munchen” around the rim. It has a childlike figure with curly hair in a robe with a book with a cross on it and in the other hand a beer mug . There are flowers on it and a church, i think, and a pub or hotel looking bldg. The handle has a design with an acorn ar bettle on it …???? please give any info. you may have. Thank You

  61. Russell Says:

    I have a beer stein that a friend of mine gave me as a Christmas gift this year. I was with him when he got it at an auction here in Phoenix,AZ. It stands 8.5in to the bottom of the lid and 11in to the top. The lid is pewter and the stein is ceramic. All of the artwork is in 3d relief.
    In the center (opposite side of the handle) is a picture of what i think is referred to as The Munich Child. He is wearing a brown and white robe with a hood and red shoes. In one hand he holds an open beer stein and in the other some kind of vegetable (i thought it was hops but it looks more like a yam). On the left of him is a picture of Hofbrauhaus and on the other is a picture of Rathaus. Below him is the word Munchen.
    On the bottom are three stamps. One says ‘MADE IN WEST GERMANY’. The second is a capital letter ‘C’ with a lower case ‘w’ inside it. And the third is hard to tell what it is. It consists of two letter or characters. The first looks kind of like a ‘1’ without the bottom line. The second looks like an ‘I’ only the top and bottom lines are very small and get wider from the middle out to the ends vertically.
    Inside the lid are a few stamps as well. Fisrt are four bold letters ‘D’ ‘B’ ‘G’ ‘M’. Just below that is a diamond with ‘DRM’ inside it. The ‘R’ is bigger than the ‘D’ and ‘M’. And last is the number 79on the opposite side of the inside of the lid. But you can read all of them without turning the lid.
    I know this is a lot of information but it would be awesome to hear back from you. Anything you can tell me about this stein would be great. Even if it isn’t valuable. Thank you.


  62. Dan Dubovik Says:

    I have a blue & tanish colored stin with a metal lid and markings on the side that say Behut dich Gott and also Es haf nicht sollensein. The bottom has stamped on it original mold year 1894, Western Germany, 0.5L,
    a 2 stamped by itself, and a triangle with a T in the middle and a line through the top of the triangle. Do you have any ideas or comments as to what it might be?

    I also have a stein with a pewter top with a horse and some type of soldier with a sword in his hand on top of the stein. When you look into the stein while holding it up to a light source, a silhouette of a naked woman sitting with her legs crossed appears. The outside of the stein says 1905 Serbert Gerber 1906 on the top rim. Where the handle attaches to the stein, these words appear: Kahn

    There are several scenes on the stein all relating to soldiers and horses. There is a large I or 1 in the middle of a coat of arms also. There is alot of other miscellaneous writing on it. Any information you might have would be greatly appreciated. Thank You,

    We have roughly 15 total steins that we are interested in selling, but have no idea how to do that or what their value might be. Do you have any insight as to what we should be doing or how to find a reputable buyer?

    Thank You,


  63. Jeff White Says:

    I have an old German beer stein that my grandfather brought back from Germany when he was stationed there after WWII. It has what appear to be six of Jesus’s apostles, with their names above them (“S Thomas”, “S Johannes”, etc.), the letters “IHS” with a cross and what appears to me to be a heart, and the date 1665 above that. It appears to be made of pewter. How can I determine its value?


  64. Fred Martinkovic Says:

    I purchased this Stein in Germany in 1968. It features a forest scene full of various animals and a hunter in a wooden tower. The handale is the body of a wolf. Words on the scene are (Waid manns heil). Bottom says made in GERMANY and there ia a triangle with a symbol inside. Inside the pewter lid are the letters DBGM and numbers 88.Dark blue band on top and bottom. the center scene is light brown with black accent. I would like to know more about it and value.
    Thanks, Fred

  65. Melanie Donofe Says:

    I found a stein that a great uncle brought back from Germany. It has a music box in the bottom that plays Auf Wiedersehen. The main picture is of the Rathaus and says Augsburg under the picture. Another picture says Wertach-Brucher Tor and another picture says Perlach-turm. Where the handle connects on the stein there is a small area that has the number 810 in it. The lid is very heavy. Entire piece is in excellent condition. Has original sticker on the bottom to tell the name of the song, but I cannot find any other significant markings or name on it. Would love to know more about it and what it’s value would be if possible.
    Thanks, Melanie

  66. veronica Says:

    Dear Sir,
    My father brought two steins home from Germany, France, i’m not sure. The one is broken near the top, and looks glued. I know none of us kids did it, because that’s something i would never have forgotten!
    They are white with german printing on them. It might be called a etched stein. Both have names running down the sides. They have pewter lids, and if you lift them up and look through there is a silhouette in the bottom. One has horse on top, and this one has a fighter with a gun, looks Russian, and the other part is a lion where you have to open it.
    This one has Reyervilt Weidmann on one part of the base. The lower base says to much to write except it No.118 Worms. 1903-05. What ever that means.
    The other one is in perfect condition. Do you think they are worth anything?

  67. Elena Says:

    My uncle was in the service & has long since passed, but I requested a keepsake for myself of his. My grandmother gave me a grey handled mug with navy blue sketchings. The first scen is a sworded soldier with the banner reading “Gersten snff gibt”. The second scene is a beer wench holding a ham with a knife it it, a sworded man with his glass raised in toast standing & a seated suitor with a mandolin. The last sketch is a boy with a fancy hat holding a sign reading “Manes Kraft”. There is a 210 on the mug just under the handle area. The bottom of the mug has a 6, a T in a triangle, stamped with Germany, original mold year 1894. Can you tell me the possible monetary worth of this stein as we are parting with all things sentimental due to the economy. My uncle would understand necessity. I still will have his memories thanks to God. I appreciate you considering my request, as I know you are busy. Any direction you could point me if need be, would be great also. Thank you sir. E

  68. Lucy Says:

    I have a large beer stein that a neighbor gave me. It is 17inches tall not counting the pewter lid which reads 1895 in joy and in sorrow a drinks the line reads the ranch house Furhemihler (all in German of course). there is pewter on the top and the bottom of the handle you can tell it was hand hammered onto the stein. Under the handle is the number 41 this number 41 is also on the bottom of the mug. It is hand painted as well
    Can you tell me where or how I can find out if it is worth anything?
    Thank you.Lucy

  69. John Miller Says:

    I just purchased a stein made in Western Germany which is good quality and has a German phrase Behut Dich Gott. What is the phrase in English? The pewter lid has the letters DBGM with a diamond proof mark under those letters. The stein is a mainly a brown bronze color. The panels has a horseman blowing a trumpet to a maiden with a trumpet to her lips and the other panel has a maiden bidding farwell. The figures are an ivory color. The lip of the stein is a dull blue evolving into a glazed bright deep blue in the stein. What can you tell me about the stein.

  70. katie billingsley Says:

    i also have an old beer stein (pottery kind) its a womans as far as i can tell because it has hand painted flowers on it! daisies and blue morning glorys right at the top by the lid (which is pewter very pain i might add) theres a -0.5 on the bottom it says made in germany 1427 a 4 andtwo letters in parenthasis that are either an e on top of an h or a t with a t in the center of it?it actually says made ir germany not in you can tell its very old and very beautiful..any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated no cracks or chips either..i would love to know what something like this is worth..thanks again katie b. in pa

  71. Carole Zuffo Says:

    I have a beer stein (pottery kind). It has Weizen, Korn und Gerste printed on one side and Sind fur den Mensch das Beste on the other side. The number 1708 is marked on the inside of the handle. It has the marking Western Gernamy and 5 on the base and a curved line with two smaller lines which cross the curved line. The colour of the stein is mostly very dark blue with a cream design of three figures – a man woman and child who cooking or standing around a table. There is also a wheat design around the base of the stein. I would love to know more about the age and value of this stein. Hope you can assist. Thanks Carole in Sydney

  72. darryl larson Says:

    I have a stein about 9″ in height including the possibly pewter lid. The only marking on the bottom is “made in western germany”. It has a map of the world on the sides with old ships and hot air balloons and antique planes along with more modern planes so I’m guessing it is from the 1960’s or maybe 1970’s. When you open the lid and hold the bottom up to the light you see a picture of a boy and girl playing, dressed in in tradition clothing. The lid has a dull brown look on the outside but is more of a dull silver color on the inside of the lid.
    Does anyone know a rough estimate of value of this style of stein in nice condition? Thankyou! Darryl

  73. Mike Says:

    Hi, nice info to stumble on. Curious, I have a pouring stien with handle, with 4 cups to match. They are Original The Walt. On the bottom of stein is “1/2 L, 1233, Western Germany Original The Walt”, and a triangular stamp with a T on the bottom of triagle and looks like a golf club going accross the middle. A raised picture of purple grapes, leaves and vine, and 2 girls in red cloth on vine,on a dark blue background, with a ribbon flowing underneath reading “Trink golbenen Wein” on one side, and the other reads “Qus Rublem Stein”. The cups boy (?) figure reaching up to vine with purple grapes, vine and leaves. Pitcher is 6 in. tall by 3 in. base and 4 1/4 bulb to a 2 1/4 in spout. Cups are 3 1/4 tall by 2 in dia round app., with #’s on bottom “1/10 1239″ and oppisite is “1237”. A goldish accent rings (3) around the cups, and top and bottom of pitcher/stein. Any info and worth is much appreciated. Thanks for a quick reply. Very interesting. Anything to do with the Walt Disney? Thanks.

  74. thomas sustersic Says:

    i have inquired a franz ringer stein from was designed for the 100th year anniversery of the oktoberfest.i understand that 2 offical steins were made,the 1/2 and 1 litre.the franz ringer stein i have,is only 1/4 litre.can you help me with finding out,if it was to be marketed?it is exactly like the 1/2,and 1 litre,only diffrence is it has a number 1 stamped on the bottom.while the othe 2 have the number 2 and 3 stamped on them.i would appreciate anything you can tell me.

  75. Debbie Harris Says:

    Hi, I have a stine that measures9 1/2″ hight with a pewter top that is adorned with a man drinking out of a barrell. Along the edge of the bottom it says drug zum grunen kranze. Second line on bottom reads: Dake shrt ich durstig ein The bottom has three marking Western Germany , the word Original under a pyramid looking stamp and then a castle lookin drawing. the people on the stineHolding a baby I think and a wreath is in the tree they are under.. Any idea? this was my grandpa’s stine and didnt tell me anything about it before he died. Thanks for your help!

  76. Patti Polzin Says:

    My sisters and myself are currenting cleaning out the house of our parents whom have both passed away. We came across 2 old Falstaff musical beer steins in a display cabinet. We wanted to know if you knew anything about them, had ever seen any, and knew the value of them. One is in excellent shape, the other’s metal lid is slightly bent up. He was a WWII 90th Bomb Group Bombadier in the Phillipines. We’ve come across some neat items from the war too.
    Thanks in advance for your help!

  77. Caroline Conroy Says:

    I have aquired some pewter glass and ceramic beer steins also a goblet and a miniture beer stein with two goblets which are pewter.
    They all have different stamps and different raised themes on them.
    On eis ceramic or saltglaze with the letter K others have SCS a couple have sheffield pewter and the glass has a pewter lid with a picture of a man putting barrels into a horses cart with children and a woman standing around, one of the pewter beer steins is stamped with an angel and a corona, and on the lid it is inscribed Carl spitzweg…1808 -1835…beliebter Maler…der Biedmeirerzeit.
    I dont know any german and cannot find any information on thses beer steins could you advise me as to their value and where i could take them in London England to be looked at and have a valuation on them.
    Thankyou for your time.

  78. JohnB Says:

    Has anyone answered your questions above? If not I will try to help by answering a few here. I am more of an amateur collector but should be able to point you in the right direction.

  79. Ken wilson Says:

    I have a 1894 pharmacy lided stein. it has many stamped in material markings. its from germany , thewalt stein, series #2, factory building stamp, limited edition of 5000, trade mark of pyrimid with a fancy t in the middle. I am told there were 9 diff. in all of these steins, made for pharmacy’s at the is blue and gray in color, picturing a old parmacist mixing chemicals and has german writing. can u help me out as to the value or were on line i may find this tein??? thank you. Ken wilson

  80. Gerald Falk Says:

    Many Jewish burial societies in Europe had their own beer steins. Any hints where i could find any of these?


  81. mike beaudoin Says:

    I have a 3fieldartillery 1st batt. regiment stein 1899/1901 with the meissen mark.Well allso with lithophaue of a soldier and women. I took it to the german historical associaion frankenmuth michigan. And they told me I have a rare nice stein and it was real.But I dont how much valuable price on it.And has a brass lid and soldier name and names of soldiers on each side of handle.The name on stein is lochner he was a black rider and also a colonel.If could how much it wroth. thank you very much Mike Beaudoin

  82. Denise Jones Says:

    I own a beer stein that is about 5.25″ (high) x 3″ (base). It does not have a lid. It has a mark at the bottom with two crossed swords (w/o blue paint) and either a word or initials that I cannot read between the handles of the sword. The scene is pastoral … mountains, a village, geese or ducks, a group of three persons sitting under two trees with a dog. It is a clay color with with only two paint colors: bright blue sky scene and a bright blue narrow strip around top and bottom. Green on the tops of the trees. It’s somewhat heavy for its small size. The handle is curved without a lip. Fine crazing, but no chips, dings, or cracks

  83. Mike Virlee Says:

    I have a mug given to me by my great-grandfather several years ago. He claimed the stein was brought back from Germany in World War I. It is a Villeroy & Boch Beer Stein. There are imprints on the bottom of the stein along with the Villory & Boch logo.The logo is printed in blue ink with the Villeroy & Boch emblem. The logo has what looks like an eagle above the name and a number 8 to the left of the eagle emblem. Following is a list of imprints spread throughout the bottom of the stein: “24.”, “I”, “M” and either an “86” or a “98” . The Stein has an ornate pewter lid and the body of the stein has 4 intricate porcelain depictions with german enscriptions above each intricate depiction. The stein is 1 liter in size. It is in perfect condition. It also has a very high gloss finish on the inside of the stein and the lid. Is there any way I might find out what the age of the stein is and the approximate value of the stein? I would appreciate any help you might give me to help find some answers. Thanks in advance.


  84. Ron S Says:

    Hey Mike, the numbers 86 or 98 indicate the manufacture year. Typically the stamp is of a green rather than blue color and the “eagle” should be a a merury mark. Take a closer look.Here is a link so you can compare.

    In the pictures you will also see a 4 digit number on the bottom of each stein – that will help with the valuation, however pictures may be very important to proper evaluation.

  85. Trent C. Says:

    I have an 1896-99 Regimental Beer Stein. It has a man on a horse on top of the lid inside the stein has a picture of a soldier a woman and some building when you put it up to the light. on the bottom rim it has a picture of a crown a backwards k and a R up against each other with the word GERMANY and some smaller words I can not make out under that. I think it was probably a reproduction made in the 50’s but can not find who the maker is. I have found a lot of one that look like it but they usually have a picture of a naked woman on the inside and none of them have the some color ring on the very top and bottom. Mine has a grayish brown color ring on the top and bottom. I would just like to know who made it and when it was made.

  86. Trent C. Says:

    I just found out the maker of the stein I just asked about. It was made by Porzellan und Glasmalerei Karl Rau and was problem made some time in the 50’s but no later the 1949. I’m pasting the site where I found the info. They do not have prices but they have makers marks and logo’s to help you find who made it and around what time and it is free.

  87. Lucille Says:

    I found a stein cleaning out my grandmother’s basement.
    It stands approx. 9 inches tall and has the following written on it
    beim kussenzwei beim trinl en drei
    beim singen vier das lob ich mir.
    between the saying(s) is the number 248

    On the bottom of the stein it has the numbers 248 and 26 & the letter G with no other markings.

    Can someone please advise. Thank you

  88. James Elliott Says:

    I have recently purchased a stein Made in West Germany (before the berlin wall came down) with what I think is a 73 stamped in the bottom so thats probaly the year but it has three german cities with their coats of armor Frankfurt deutscgland and wiesbaden. It looks to be completly hand done and has the silver or pewter top. Any ideas of who made this stein or what its worth or just any general information about would be appreciated.

  89. Marie Davis Says:

    i have a porcelain german beer stein with mini pewter lid that has an engraving of a man with shotgun strapped to his back and a woman with an oar in her hand, all in 3-D with numbers 2027. words on one side: Bei Sang u. Scherz, words on opposite side: bleibt froh Das herz made in Germany on bottom of stein. is it worth anything or where can i go to assess the value?

  90. Dee Says:

    I have two beer stiens they are both glass one clear one clear but with ridges going up and down. They both have pewter tops, but one has a high withh a with a lion on the part where you pull the lid back to drink out of the stien. The other one just has a flat top with a ball at the top of where you pull it back to drink from the stien. The bigger one has a stamp on the inside of the lid that says made in West Germany 947 bmf-and it looks like zinn?? not sure about that and then there is a picture or an angel or a bird in the center ? On the flat top stien there is a picture of a ship and under it reads Salem Ship Grand Turk 1786 and on the bottom
    ALWE. and on the handle is imprinted w.germany and then on the other side some kind of letters I can’t make out. Could you give me some information on these ? Thanks

  91. Mark Says:

    I Have a Stein circa 1947-1951. My family owned a Tavern in those years. It was given to them by a sales person from Anheuser Busch. It stands about 10-11 inches. It has the A-B Eagle The filigree A on one side. Budweiser and underneath that is King of beers. Ornate handle. Its Tan on the top 3 and bottom 3 inches */-. Over all the stein I very detailed. No lid. I have search over the net for years and cannot find any info on this stein. Anh clue as to the rarity of the stein. I hsve pics available.

  92. Albert Lorr Says:

    PLEASE HELP !!! I have a stein(pewter lid)People dancing, drinking. An older german woeman described to me what the scene on the stein was and translated the words on the stein Tans auf der Alm. The bottom of the stein has what looks to be a triangle or > a number 3 and made in germany. All is stamped? I can not find any information or similar looking themes on any site anywhere! If I can send pictures, I would.

  93. william Says:

    hello i have a beer mug look from germany but i need some help to ID this amzing mug any help will be aprecited thank you is brown it have on it some people they look like from the colony also have some initials like MR with #14 on it if you need a picture i will be more than happy to posted thank you

  94. Jenny Says:

    I have a stein given to me by a friend 25 years ago. Just wondering if
    I could get some information. Pewter with gray–saying on bottom Western Germany—-original THEWALT 9—-writing on sides saying }m Wald UND auf der Haide on other side it says Da such ich meine Freude—-one side it has a pewter dog with rabbit other side has pewter dog with some kind of big bird…One lady standing behind two men at table…with 3 dogs in front
    of table…on bottom it gas a tringle with a T….
    Would appreciate to find out more about it.

  95. NFontana Says:

    I have 2 Blue Beer Steins that have been around in my family since I can remember.I am 36 & I have pictures b/4 I was even born with them sitting on the fireplace mantel. The picture on them is of 3 men sitting @ a table, then there are a patch of trees & then there are houses. These stiens have our family name carved in the bottom of them. Can anyone help me with dating them? Thanks.


    I have a green ceramic stein with a pewter(?)lid. The lid is marked with DBGM and a small diamond shape underneath. These are the only markings I can find on it other than the number 85. It has only one picture also in the same green color. The picture is of some type of warrior. I am really curious about what it is, where it’s from, and any further info I can find. Thank you,

  97. Lori White Says:

    I have a beer stein that had belonged to my father. I think it might be a Gertz, but I think it may be very old. It has a naked women etched on the bottom when you hold it up to a light. Can anyone help with dating it. Thanks

  98. shedon kaufman Says:

    I have a beer stein with 3 scenes:
    also there is a STAR OF DAVID on top of two scenes.

    I am most curious about the star of david.

    would welcome and appreciate any information.


  99. Becky Says:

    We have a very tall wooden stein. It is very beautiful. It is put together with a dragon handle and either pewter or brass. It is just unusual from anything we have ever seen before. I have no idea of how old it is—it appears to be very old. I would love for someone to look at it and date it for us and give us an estimate of what it might be worth. I love it. Thank you.

  100. Barb Krayewski Says:

    Where there any other Steins that went with Dooley & Schultz set.??

  101. lori Says:

    I have an old beer stiend from germany marked with a #7 on the bottom. Silver lid and thumb handle also has a tan carved handle like a tree trunk, for the mug itself tan and blue in color with a small house and the alps or large mt.s in the back ground, on the front a man and a woman with germany cloths on both wearing hats and last you see grass and mountains a roof of the house and a tower, each of these carvings is surrounded by tree branches and flowers. Any clues? it belong to my husbands grandfather we think the year might be 1930 or so. Write back if you have a clue. Thank You Lori

  102. Steve Says:

    Grandfathers stein has deer antler for thumb rest for pewter lid. top of lid says Welkommen (?) on the top. I have never found another like it. The stein is mostly dark green and a taller then a 1/2 liter. Can you help me to locate another one or estimate a value. This top is very hard to locate even in Germany….no one could help me.

  103. Alen Says:

    Hey Julie @94, I too have the same stein. Had it for some time now and really keen to see if it has any value!! It seems incredibly tidy for its age and its always been wrapped up so now I don’t know!! Get in touch,

  104. Linda Kerns Says:

    I have a stein with the words waidmanns heil and dbgm rm and the number 6 on the botton and germany. Can’t find anything on the internet about it can you help. Regards Linda

  105. Dale Dettloff Says:

    I have a wooden beer mug dated 1908 with a sketched picture of a man holding a stein and the word prosit handwritten on it. The mug appears to be carved from one piece of wood because the bottom of the mug has bark on it. Do you have any idea who the maker was for this type of mug and where it was made? I would appreciate any information you could share. Thanks!

  106. Greg Morse Says:

    Recently inherited a rather large collection of steins. Some have maker’s marks and other markings on the bottom. Is there a cross-reference from logos to manufacturers? For example, one has a triangle with what looks like a barbell through the top 1/3 parallel to the bottom.

  107. Ginger Isom Says:

    I purchased a monk stein a few years ago at a local antique store becaue I just fell in love with it. I have not seen another stein remotely similar and am curious to find out something about it. It is egg shaped. It actually reminds me of the old children’s toys, Weebles. The face of the monk is painted on the lid, which, if it were an egg, would be the pointed part of the egg. He is a happy little guy! I have a picture of it posted in one of my Facebook albums. It is simply marked “Germany” on the bottom, but it is well made and very neatly painted. He is just darling! Any clue?

  108. Kelly Says:

    My husband and I recently purchased a house with a bunch of boxes left behind. We found a German beer stein but there is no mark on the bottom. It just says Germany with the number 1044. The stein says Bieru.frohes sied macht nic sebeensmud. Thanks for any info you can give!

  109. Kathleen Says:

    My boyfriend has a beer stein depicting three people (two men and one woman) sitting around a table (one of the men is playing what looks like a guitar) and one woman standing behind the sitting woman. On the back there is a quote that reads “a madel beim bier istmein plasier”. It reads “Aufder Alm” in the right bottom corner of the picture. We were wondering what year it may have been made and if it’s worth anything as far as collecting goes. He is an amature collector and we have been having trouble with this one in particular. If you could help us out that would be great!

  110. Kathleen Says:

    I forgot to include that it has a 7 and a 3 on the bottom.

  111. george Kinne Says:

    I have a beer stein, that has imprinted on the bottom – original king and the number 5 under the name and then the number 300 . the lid on the top is hinged pewter . inside the top are the letters DBGM . when was this stein made and where . It also has the words Frother trunk on one side and the words Halt Jung on the other . thank you;

  112. Chris Says:

    I have acquired sever different styles of wooden steins by attending German flea markets. I am interested in finding out about the history and value of these collectibles.
    I also need assistance in researching a porcelain stein with pewter top with the markings: a bold black L on a green background on the bottom and a sticker of an angel with REIN ZINN on the lid. The outer body of the stein is decorated with 27 panel illustrating pictures of people with a “old german” term and a price (German Marks) in each panel. Example: panel #1 Spitzl: -,24 (tapering) #14 Brummer: 1,03 (Splitting Headache) and #25 Bauernraufeh: 2,-
    Under the panels is: Ausfuhrliches Verzeichnis der verfchiedenen Raufche und wieveiljeder von ihnen kostet (Description of the different levels of intoxication and how much each of them cost)

  113. Barbara Turner Says:

    I have a old musical beer stein w/lid brought to my Mother from Germany; it has “Germany” inscribed on the lower art of the handle; there are five people – three playing the flute, guitar-type instrument and two people dancing in the grass surrounded by trees; there is “1/2″ and “310” also inscribed in the stein; “Auf Widersehen – 1691 – LADOR” on the wood bottom. Would appreciate any information you could give. Thank you – Barb Turner, Fremont, OH

  114. Erin Burton Says:

    I was recently in an antique shop and came across a fox handled beer stein. How can you tell if it is a King Werk original stein. I have seen some have a blue circle sticker on the bottom, but this one does not have that. On the bottom it is etched into the pottery “original king 4″. Does it have to have a sticker on the bottom to be an actual King Werk stein? I have not found anything exactly like it online yet. I have found ones that is the same picture, but all the ones I have found are colored. Mine is only two toned (dark tan and black).
    Thank you!

  115. mike Says:

    I have a clear and amber beer glass with an etched Lowenbrau Lion in the center. On the amber rim band is etched “1-10-1938″ ……”ein vulk, ein reich, ein fuhrer”

  116. Jessica Says:

    I have a beer stein that has Handarbeit on the bottom with the number 3 on it and also on the bottom is a mark saying “in Germany Original Gerzit” in a circle the a triangle in the bottom of circle withsome kind of design in it. Etched in the bottom is also 2L (2 liters im assuming) appears to have silver or pewter lid thats detailed and under the lid are the letters DRM in a diamond, and the number 84 as well. Around the top and bottom of the stein has what looks like a pine tree design and the picture appears to be a bar scene. 3 men around a table, one is standing up looks like going to hit another in the head with a cup/glass, and two other people sitting in front of the door watching. It has an inscription that appears to say “Gerstensaft gibt Mut u. kraft” Any information as to value and year would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jessica.

  117. Duke Says:

    To Mike H, from posting back in 2009: Wondering if you found out anything on your request below. I also have one of these. Trying to find out when it was made.
    RE: “I have a mug im trying to find out more about it has three scenes one with a woman carrying a green blanket,one with a man and woman the man is holding flowers the last scene is a womancarrying grapes and holding up a bunch .the only markings are R.H germany and the numbers 1243would like to find out more about or know were to go to
    thank you mike

  118. Catherine S Says:

    My sister passed I now am an owner of a pewter top stein
    The front has a pictur of 2 men seated at a table
    The back side has Froher Sinn U Wurzen das Leben
    Frischer Trunk und haltenjung
    The underside has made in Germany
    3 bear like slashes a box that looks like a window
    the number 2350 and the number 8
    Can you please let me know about it and it’s worth when you have a spare moment?.
    Thank you so much!

  119. Ed Smallwood Says:

    I have a german beer stein that is 9 inches high to the tip on the lid with Froh beim Bier das lieben wir written on the side of the stein. it has male figure leaning on a fence post with a pipe in hand talking to 2 women looks like they are in the country. On the top below the pewter lid there is a marking of 0/51
    and on the bottom of the stein is made in Germany with a marking that looks like a cross and flame or a bird on top along with numbers 2028 and a seperate number 8 below the four numbers. What can you tell me about this stein. i.e age, value, and were it came from. or anything else.

  120. jerry Says:

    i have a beer stein and want to no if it is worth anything on th front of it It says Esritten drei Reiter zumThor hinaus Ade! Teins Liebchen schaute zum Fenster hinaus Ade and its 16 inches tall

  121. rita Says:

    Hello all… I have a miniature beer stein that my grandmother gave my daughter in a bag of trinkets. It looks unlike anything I’ve been able to find online, except for one thing, its link is :
    The markings and brass topper are all right in line with this article, but the artwork is of a man leaning up against a lightpost, no scripting anywhere. It looks hand painted. This piece is in I think great shape with no major cracks and the topper is nice and solid. If anyone knows anything about such a piece, please email me at Thank you!!!

  122. Charla Nash Says:

    We have a German Stein that was a limited edition number 3707 of 6000. It has a piece of the Berlin Wall on top. Made in 1996. It also says original WW’T work of art. It also has a certificate of authenticity with it. Could you shed some light on wether it’s worth anything. Any help would be appreciated.

  123. Lucille Bauer Says:

    We have a beer stein that was given to my hubby from a family in America in the early 50’s. The pewter lid on the outside has the Star of David and a circle in the middle of the star with the letter G in background and E on top of G. The handle has the American eagle on it and says “United States”. On the side is like porcalin with a very stern gentlemens’ face on, rest of the design is wheat, plants, ribbons and the words on one side that says ” hopfen u Malz 1800 and on the other side it says” Gott erhalt’s 1891 and the word “hein”. AT the very bottom of the stein of what I am able to see is a building and the word under that is “NETTLACH SB” and numbers randomly….1997, 12 and 90. Thanks hope you can help……Lucille

  124. Tony Manasseri Says:

    Howdy! I have a stein that was given to me that seems like an antique. It is a musical beer stein with a metal top (possibly pewter or silver) with a bar scene on the sides (a man and a monk drinking and playing cards). The words “HALT MASS UND ZIEL * BEI TRANK ‘JND SPIEL” are written around the bottom of the stein. The music box plays “Kaiserwalzer”, and still plays very well. The colors are vibrant and the stein has no damage. Can you let me know the value of this stein. I can send you pictures if needed. Thanks for the help!

  125. JoAnn Says:

    In 1960, my husband (now deceased) returned home after being stationed in Germany with the military. I have 8 beer steins. They are 8 1/2″ tall, pewter tops, ceramic, with an outdoor scene of 4 men and 1 woman. On one side of the handle reads Das liebcn wir and other other side reads Froh beim Bier. The bottoms have inscribed made in Germany, numbers vary and stamped in red and a triangle with a hard to read symbol inside them. They are in excellent condition. What is their value and where would I find someone to purchase them. Thank you in advance. JoAnn

  126. Helen Neish Says:

    Hi, Your interview was fascinating to read. I have just bought a lidded stein that is quite intriguing. It’s about 7 and a half inches tall (inclusive of lid). The pictures are raised and painted whilst the background is a dark blue glaze along with stoneware colours and gold. The pictures are of a church, three people (woman and two men along with a dog. The men have rifles). There is also a castle. The words are ZU JEDER ZEIT (At any time?) and WAIDMANNSHEIL (good hunting?). There are also 4 flowers (sunflowers?). Inside the lid are the marks DBGM whilst DRH is in a diamond shape (I believe it’s a H). There are numbers also: 66. Underneath the stein there is gold lettering that is difficult to read along with what appears to be a number in gold (14, I believe). The lid appears to be pewter and ornate. Do you think this stein has any value? Thanks so much for your help. Helen.

  127. Steve Rosselli Says:

    I have an old beer ceramic stein with marching troops and what appears to be
    officers on horse back. The only markings are on the bottom which are D.S White
    and the year 1914.
    This was my uncles and I know he was in WW1. Does anyone know anything about
    this stein? I can supply pictures if that helps.

  128. Scott Schumacher Says:

    I have a stein apparently made by Pabst,Milwaukee to commemorate 50 years of mormanism(?) in 1897. It has a picture of Brigham Young on the left side, the Pabst seal in the middle with the date 1847 above it and the date 1897 below. To the right is a picture of a bee hive that says Utah above, sept. 9 th just below, then the date 1850 just below the bee hive. The Pabst seal also appears on the bottom of the stein ( approximate 10 oz.).
    I am having a hard time finding anything on this mug! Can you help?-Scott

  129. Jim Williams Says:

    My Grandmother left a large collection of steins to my mother some 60 years ago. My mother left them to me when she passed away. The lstein in question is blue and white with a figure labeled Faust. There are no production markings that I can find. What is amazing is that if you hold the stein up as if you were finishing it and looked into the bottom of the stein there is an image that projects through of a man and women sitting at a table and seemingly enjoying a pitcher of beer. I do not know how old the stein, but my guess it may have been acquired from Germany in the early 1900s. I hope to photograph the image in the mug and the mug itself and post it soon. Is there a way to determine its value?

  130. Jennifer Says:

    I have 2 steins I need to know the value of.
    1 – musical stein with a pewter lid. A color picture of 3 men sitting at a table and 1 woman standing. There is also a dog. also an image of a house with the words “Immer lustig” on 1 side and “Immer durstig” on the other side. Stands about a foot tall.
    2 – a silver and blue stein with a pewter lid. The words “Mnas n. Biel Das belte Spiel” in a banner like design. There are 2 cornecopia looking designs with leaves and flowers coming out of them.
    Thank you!

  131. larry haga Says:

    i have a german stein bottom # 8036 with G over a W painting of a houseunder one side reads Ein Schatzerl und ein edelmeissand by handle Sind des Jagers Ehrenpreis ,and on the front a man and a woman standing side by side! woundering the value?

  132. Ms. B. Norris Says:

    My son was just given a beer stein from Duke University (Durham, NC) which belonged to my late uncle who attended Duke in the 1930s. It is brown and tan ceramic and looks somewhat like a baby. It has small brown horns, light blue eyes and a fierce look with furrowed brows. It has a gold pitchfork in the right hand and held around its back with its left hand as well. There is a gold safety pin and the initial D in gold on the left front side. We live in the Durham area — what should I do with this and could it possibly be worth something?

    Thank you!

  133. Bob Says:

    I have a stein that my father acquired in Germany during WWII. It has the city of Nurnberg on the front. Number 17 4 on the bottom. The pewter lid says: Genm Gebuststag Jos. Gotz am 18 Nov 11 1898. Any information would be of a great help. I would like to find the value of the stein. Thanks

  134. Ginger Schierholt Says:

    I am looking for some information on the value or how to find the value of my beer stein. It is approximately 18″ tall and 3″ wide at the top. It has a raised or 3D sene of four men drinking sitting at a picnic table with a woman pouring the drink, almost like a family gathering in the park. It has a nice tin or pewter top that hinges on the handle and has a decorative thumb tab. On the bottom there is a stamp “GERZ.IT” in side a circle with W Germany on the top part of the circle and a triangle with a beer mug on the bottom of the circle, and below it there is a number 7. Next to that is an engraved 3L and then next to that in a half circle it reads “handgemaig” (that is the best spelling I can read from that) with a number 5 under it. Maybe you might know something about it or how I can find something about it. I look forward to hearing back.

  135. Wendy Says:

    I purchased a stein for my father recently from an auction. The bottom of the stein has a triangle with a stein inside. I understand this is the mark Gerz used before adding their name along with the triangle. It is also stamped 3 7 2 B and GERMANY below that. It is a gray and blue saltglaze stein. I’m hoping to find out when it was made. If you have any information or can advise me where to look, I would appreciate it.

  136. Dennis Says:

    I found a German beer stein. The top is pewter with lots of engraving, (pictures on it). Also engraved on the top is, “Gestiffetz.75.jahr.jabilaum v. Ludwig HofmannWeirdhausen G.Juni 1926″. I did however research the writing on the bottom of the stein, and it was made by,”Steinzeug-Industrie G.m.b.H”, also on the bottom is the number “249”……

    I do believe that the word “Juni” is referring to June of 1926….Is this stein that I found something of value? I have no knowledge what so ever, when it comes to German beer steins..

    Any help gaining information on this stein would be most appreciated.

    Thank You Dennis

  137. Dottie Sacra Says:

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    quite interesting and I will try to follow this as much as I can. Miss you all.

  138. Sharon Says:

    I have a german beer stein with a pewter lid that comes to a point there is a man talking to and touching the shoulder of a woman with long hair that has been braided it has a dark blue background and the rest is beige in colour, there is also a toast that reads: here’s to the four hinges of friendship, swearing, lying, stealing and drinking: when you swear, swear by your country: When you lie, lie for a prelty woman: When you steal, steal away from bad company: and when you drink, drink with me. (pretty) is actually spelt prelty on the mug.

  139. Lucas Says:

    I have a beer stein that has sat around for years, I’m assuming it was my grandfathers, because he came from Germany. I don’t really know much about identifying marks on Beer Steins, but I read that they should have a Made In Germany or some kind of label on the bottom of the stein, but on mine there is nothing. The lid is metal with a german soldier on top with what appears to be a cantine or something, and the paintings are of german soldiers and there is also some sort of emblem, with a 113 in the centre and what I would believe to be the names of fallen soldiers on each side. Any help identifying it would be appreciated.

  140. mary andrew Says:

    My stein says western germany on bottom, there is a 5 and a curve line
    with two slashes through it. The stein itself says: In Freudu. Leid, Trink allezeit. It has 1699 on the bottm edge and 0.25 with a arrow pointing down.
    In the lid it says : DBGM and 60. It has a picture of a woman and man on one knee. Any help identifing this would be appreciated.

  141. Kerri Says:

    I have the same stein as ‘Sharon’ in question number 138. Although I think that the word ‘pretty’ is spelled correctly-the two t’s just run together. Any information about the stein would be great. The bottom says “Made in Germany” and has a ‘S’ and a ‘C’ or a ‘G’ on top of each other on the bottom. THANKS!

  142. ann kelly Says:

    Hi I have 2 and find it hard to get any info .
    1 . 3768 RM made in germany and a N all impressed on bottom .
    2. AG WW 7233 with 50 all Impressed and 12 written in blue on bottom .
    any info would be great thanks

  143. Steve Says:

    I have found when cleaning out my parents garage attic a stien that has FROH BEIM BIER on a scroll like banner on the left and DAS LIEBEN WIR on a scroll like banner on the right. In the middle of this is a picture of a map. On this map is Der Chiemsee Lake with surrounding mountains and other places listed in text on it. I have looked everywhere to see if I could find out when it was made. It has the number 22 on the bottom, and on the pewter lid it has the number 99 and DBGM with a diamond with letters DRM inscribed. Any information you might be able to share would be great. I have not been able to find one picture online of this stein.

  144. Ross Says:

    ANSWER for Roger Ruefer.

    The marks on your stein indicate it is from 1882-1933 R.MERKELBACH

    Marks from this factory are easily recognized, consisting primarily of the combination of RM (Reinhold Merkelbach), and G (Grenzhausen). Good stuff.

  145. Purnima Thaker Dhorajiwala Says:

    i have come across this beautiful stein[Dutch i think] with a unique shape and size with a metal lid on which it is written 92% K and a scale symbol is drawn. I was told that it is at least 70 years old…it is in great condition…it is unique brown shade[sienna brown] and dark blue design..on it…would like to know more about . On the bottom it is written-HK, HanelaCst[or l] and then under that is:- ^58. am curious to know about this piece of pottery…plase any one has any idea..? can write to me

  146. John Hamilton Says:

    I have a very nice copper stein about 1/2 L. It is marked with a Mettlach type chewing gum mark that says “apollo silver co 497″. I do not find that mark in the books or on the net. The stein has a very ornate cast Bison on the lid. There is also a very fancy ” A above S” on the front of the stein. Someone had a lidded dish with the same bison on it, but the mark on the bottom was different. I think this might be a one off factory stein. If you know anything about the company, I would appreciate any info you might have. Thank you.

  147. Laura Jennings Says:

    I found your article very interesting reading. I’m hoping you will be able to help me or at least put me in touch with someone that will be able to help.

    Back in the late 1960’s I was dating a fellow originally from Germany and living in New England. His mother had a wonderful German Beer Stein Collection which I admired whenever I visited. Later, when I married, she gave me 2 of her steins as a present to start my own collection. I asked her that wouldn’t she feel badly about giving up her steins, but she said her ex-husband had given them to her back in Germany and they no longer had sentimental value. I figure these steins were probably from the 1940’s-early 1950’s.

    One stein is about 7″ tall from bottom to top of pewter lid. The German idiomatic phrase is “In the green forest I hunt the deer”. Bottom says Western Germany, inside of lid says DBGM 60. Picture on stein is of a hunter with his dead deer across a table and looks like he’s telling his hunting story to a young couple.

    The second stein is about 9 1/2″ from bottom to top of pewter lid. The German information and pictures are (1) Brunnen (Fountain), then it has (2) Floriansplatz Garmisch-Partenkirchen (square in the town of Bavaria where the 1936 Winter Olympics were held), then (3) Olym Skistadion (which is supposed to be “Olympic Ski Stadium” which is the ski slopes and jumps). The bottom states “Made in Germany” and it also looks like Donagemalt or something like that. The inside lid has DBGM 73.

    I happen to have another stein that was given to me in 1968 as a wedding present. It is abt. 13 1/2″ tall from bottom to top of pewter lid. The Idiomatic phrases are: “When you lift your drink the sun shines” and the other phrase is “First you drink and then be happy”. The bottom says Western Germany 851, the inside of lid says DBGM 88. The picture is of two women and a man sitting at a table and another man standing, possibly the bartender serving them food and drink.

    I was wondering if these steins are worth anything and who would I contact to sell them? I’m not interested in selling them on Ebay or any online auctions.

    Hope to hear from you soon,

  148. R. Mather Says:

    If you have no one available , I could translate some of the German .

  149. james hatcliffe Says:

    thr article on steins was just amazing, thank you.

  150. Jennifer Says:

    I have the German beer stein that plays o mein papa made by Thorens

  151. Jerry Klinck Says:

    I have an old blue & grey beer stein with a pewter lid with a railroad train engine on it. “Germany” is on the bottom but I can’t make out the mfgr. On the face of the stein is a wheel with wings under a crown in center. On the right is a train going over a trestle and on the left is a train on tracks coming round a bend. Also, there is a small medical symbol over a globe near the bottom border. Could you please identify the mfgr. & time period that it was made?
    Thank you very much.

  152. Clancy Collins Says:

    I have just started collecting , buying, trading , bartering and learning about the world of antiques and all of it’s many forms and facets! I have a Stein that is a green/ grey color. It has a picture of a deer that is jumping over (what looks like to me) a set of antler’s that have been shed. I was told it was a tree that had been cut down, but the stump was left and those were the roots. There is some slight underbrush and a small tree with yellow/orange leaves on it. It hag 0.5l on the side. There are 2 rings around the bottom of the Stein. The smaller ring is just above the larger ring. Both are a burgundy color. There is something on the bottom, but I can’t make out what it is.

  153. joyce Says:

    i have a pouring stein with a pewter lid .it has a thumb lift with what looks like a queen with what looks like she is wrapped in a robe with fleur da lis ….it is about 12 inches tall with what looks like cherubs drinking and one of the cherubs is rolling on a barrel. with grape
    around the pitcher. on the bottom are 4 maple leaves with a word on each. mopfeminid malz,goll, and erhalis…. i believe it is saltglaze pottery. i cannot find any identfying marks. i would appreciate any information you have.
    thank you

  154. Jennifer Rosa Says:

    I have a 1894 ORIGINAL The Walt stein with pewter lid. The stein measures 7 1/2 inches tall from the bottom of the stein to the top of pewter lid and holds 12oz., Stamped on the side of the stein inside the handle is #62. On the side of stein it says in German “ein frohlich herz heilt allen schmerz” and portrays people dancing. It is in good condition with no chips. Any idea on the value? I know I read these were reproduced….how can you tell?

  155. Christopher L. Flo Says:

    My dad passed on to me a 10 1/2 ” Villeroy and Bach “stein”(?). It is light sand colored with a reddish brown color for back-ground. There are four (4) shields or family crested panels. The figuring appears to be high relief. Numbers on the bottom were “2073′ (the three was not as deeply pressed in). Also a “20 ” and a “”93″. I am unable to pull up any photograph to give me any information. thanks

  156. Lynn Wynn Says:

    I have what appears to be an old pottery German stein. It is signed on the lip by the handle but I can not make out the name. The stein is 6″ tall and is marked on the bottom with “Mala in (?) Germany”, the number 209, a “J”, and what appears to be an A with a T inside of it. The T has a dot above it. There are three relief pictures and the first and third have something written in German – very difficult to make out the letters since letters raised and ornate.

    Would you be able to give some information about this stein or steer me to where I can find more information? Thanks for your help.

  157. Kathleen Bryant Says:

    I have the same stein as number 48 with a mark #7 and was wondering if there was any information on it. I would really appreciate it.

  158. Kathy B. Says:

    I have a stein that belonged to my Father. It has a pewter lid that has rings of decoration and a point on the very type. The stein is stamped “Germany” and “R1556″ on the bottom. On the top of the stein 1/2 L is stamped. The stein is cobalt blue and grey. The scene is three men sitting around a barrel. One man is “rocked back” glass raised in hand. It looks like there is an emblem on the stein under the handle. (Maybe 414.) There appears to be what could be a thumb print at the base of the handle. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  159. Sonja K Youdes Says:

    We just purchased a stein looks to be stoneware with a soldier, raised with a pewter lid that has Stamped DBGW with a design and a no 85 at top lip of lid, then the bottom of stein says Made in W. Germany and a number 7454 and is a brown or taupe color. It is in almost perfect condition and bought originally by a man serving in Germany is all we know of it. Thank you for any information and would be happy to send a picture if need be.

  160. Donald A Walter Says:

    I have a German Regimental Stein I bought in i954, Bamberg Germany when I was stationed there. It is porclin I think the lid is pewter Dark on the outside and shine on inside with glass crown on top a six sided pyrimad the thumb emblam is a styled with a lion holding a shield..the top scroll reads Es lebe hoch das Regiment (top line)(bottom line Dafs sick stolz Ernst Ludwig nennl!v.Hessen 2.Kemp.Bamberg 1900-02K.5 Inft.Rgt. Grolsh.Ernest Ludw. The body of the stein is decorated with various scenes of Regimental life and a large replica of what I assume is the regiments emblem. then under the smooth handle reads Hoch lebe der Schneider! and crossed sissors. (they loved the tailor) Then more German script around the bottom of the stein. There isn’t any identifying marks on bottom of stein which if you look into the inside a picture of the Kaiser

  161. Gail Hart Says:

    I have a beer stein that has been in my family since we came to America many generations ago. I think it is from England, as it has a face in the bottom of an English gentleman with a white wig on. The outside is of a fox in a suit. I can’t find a makers name on it anywhere. Do you know anything about these kinds of steins? Any information about it is welcome. Thank you, Gail

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