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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Springfield Business Journal, February 1st

If variety is the spice of life, Relics Antique Mall LLC is the whole spice cabinet. In the 90,000-square-foot expanse, a $17,500 pair of brass sconces sit next to a $50 “portrait of an older woman” and just around the corner is a $5 box of glass...Read more

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INFORUM, January 17th

FARGO — Deviating from her traditional watercolor media, Jescia Hoffman Hopper shakes two aerosol paint cans. The artist-teacher has been working in urban art since returning from her graduate studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore...Read more

Quality Antique Advertising, Military, Primitives, and Toy Auction
Maine Antique Digest, January 14th

Select items from a 30+ year collection includes: Vintage Porcelain and Tin Advertising Signs, Thermometers, Clocks, Advertising Beer Trays, German and Mettlach Steins, Civil War items include: Photographs, U.S. Springfield Trapdoor Rifle (Stock...Read more

Photos of Will Rogers, a guitar-cello-banjo hybrid, and a beer stein all make ...
kfor.com, January 6th

One guest brought in a handful of pictures of Will Rogers performing. Each one is worth about $20. A very cool beer stein could go for as much as $40 on the market, and a Navajo doll is worth maybe $10 less than that. Bring your antiques to local...Read more

Antiques malls have become museums of our grandparents' past
Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel, November 22nd

Sometimes a room or cubicle is arranged like a typical bedroom from the turn of the century with bed, nightstand, dresser, wash table with bowl and pitcher and old dolls placed in a rocking chair. There are beer steins and ashtrays, Mason jars...Read more

Take a look at Michigan antique dealer's impressive German stein collection
MLive.com, October 2nd

I have zwei grosse glass bier steins from Germany circa 1984, one is the Frankfort Bierhaus (have a matching glass ashtray) and the other Lowenbrau. I also have a nice crystal stein with pewter hinged lid purchased about the same time. A friend in the...Read more

Antiques: Limited-edition German stein is collectible from Berlin Wall
Press of Atlantic City, August 21st

International interest in German beer steins vanished during World War I, but there was renewed appreciation of Thewalt's sturdy, handcrafted, hand-painted models after World War II. Soon, the firm was a leading manufacturer and exporter of traditional...Read more

Drink up! A German beer stein is worth nearly $100
kfor.com, 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