Antique beer steins, mugs and tankards are prized for their craftsmanship and colorful ornamentation and scenes. They can be found in many styles and materials, including copper, pewter, silver, pottery, ivory, porcelain, glass and wood. Many steins were imported to the U.S. from Germany in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially from the city of Mettlach, whose potteries produced thousands of the vessels.

The beer stein had its origins in the mid-1500's along the Rhine river in Germany, when small towns began producing functional drinking vessels decorated by enameling and glazing. Each town or area adding their own flair or nuance. By the 1860s, factories around Westerwald and Dresden began producing ornamental steins for display, and continued doing so until WW1, from which the industry never fully recovered.

Lately there's been renewed interest in collecting beer steins with unique designs, including reproductions of works by famous artists. Designs reflect everything from historical battles to comical faces and even car racing and baseball. While many steins have been produced and marketed as collectibles, the most valuable continue to be pre-1900 German handmade steins.

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Kovel's antiques: Chinese apothecary chests
Observer-Reporter, April 30th

A. Utica Club beer was first made in 1933 by West End Brewing Co. of Utica, New York. The company was started in 1888 by Francis Xavier Matt. Schultz and Dooley beer steins appeared in TV commercials advertising Utica Club beer from 1959 to 1964...Read more

Kovels: Apothecary chests useful for storing small collectibles
Winston-Salem Journal, April 29th

At a January 2016 auction at James D. Julia, auctioneers offered an antique elm wood apothecary chest with 80 drawers. Small collectibles, such as coins, netsukes, buttons, sewing supplies, Star Wars toys, CDs or marbles, can be ... less than the price...Read more

Meeteetse students tour World War II sites
Cody Enterprise, April 27th

“It was along the lines of eerie,” said Fremlin, whose interest in World War II was piqued by objects in his father John's antique store. “But it's a way to step in their shoes for a little bit. Only you don't have to worry about getting shot.” The...Read more

Modern companies making copies of Chinese apothecary chests
Florida Weekly, April 26th

At a January 2016 auction at James D. Julia, auctioneers offered an antique Elmwood apothecary chest with 80 drawers. Small collectibles, such as coins, netsukes, buttons, sewing supplies, ... The steins were sold in sets. Only 5,000 sets were made in...Read more

Weekend Preview, April 21st

You soon will be with great options such as Arte Para Todos, Earth Day events, MAM After Dark, Stein & Dine and more. Cheer on the Admirals in the playoffs or the Milwaukee Brewers during their second home stand. The weekend is here, and the you're ...Read more

My family feudal system
The Register Star, April 15th

back into the kitchen. I putter around the kitchen until the coffee is done. I fill the beer stein that serves as my coffee mug and retire to my Fortress of Solitude (my faithful recliner) to watch the mists on the river through the window and have...Read more

Gutsy collector featured on 'American Pickers'
La Crosse Tribune, April 1st

Fritz may reveal whether their plunder from Hanson's various man caves includes beer steins, Oktoberfest buttons, lederhosen and dirndls — and how he plans to recycle them. We'll also learn the back story of the program's mysterious story line...Read more

Drink up! A German beer stein is worth nearly $100, July 29th

A tear sheet magazine ad is worth about $5, and a dragonware tea set is worth about $45. But a very large German stein is worth $75. Check if you have any treasures around your house, they could be worth money! Bring your antiques to local antique...Read more