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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Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, April 4th

Q. I was gifted this German beer stein about 40 years ago. The date reads 1910. It is marked as handpainted ... This stein is dated 1910. Fake stein. There are several other points that make this stein “wrong”, including the design of the handle, the...Read more

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MLive.com, March 18th

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azcentral.com, February 17th

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Chinook Observer, January 20th

She contributed five boxes of collectibles, including antique German beer steins, a set of classic books, and a samovar and nesting dolls from Russia. According to Miller, Lindberg agreed to price the items and provide her with a receipt for tax purposes...Read more

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