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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The Missoulian, August 28th

5-7 Northwest Montana Antique Power Association Threshing Bee, noon-4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Olsen Pioneer Park, Kalispell. $5 admission. Stationary engine displays, crafts, Parade ... 7 Ripple, 4-7 p.m...Read more

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Dallas Morning News, August 27th

12 OKTOBERFEST Indoor and outdoor biergartens will serve Spaten's Oktoberfest brew, as well as craft beers from around the country. The inaugural event, presented by Spaten, will also feature music, dancing, dachshund races, keg-rolling and stein...Read more

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Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, August 16th

The Old Time Power Show at Antique Acres, 7210 Waverly Road, Cedr Falls, will be all day. Admission is $7; children 12 and under free. ... Stem & Stein, a fundraiser put on by the Friends of the Waterloo Center for the Arts, will be 4 to 8 p.m. at the...Read more

Cuckoo for Clocks Now Sells German Beer Steins
PR Newswire (press release), August 15th

The collection of beer steins was common throughout the 1900s. Individuals as well as museums collected antique and replica beer steins. Beer steins can be made of such diverse materials as pewter, glass, porcelain, silver, wood, earthenware and crystal...Read more

Internet makes purchasing international goods easy
Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 9th

Q: I have a Heineken beer mug marked “Blue Delfts” on the bottom. I thought it ought to say “Delft.” Do I have a fake? A: That depends on what you mean by “fake.” You don't have an antique piece of Dutch delft pottery. They are not marked the way yours is...Read more

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The Courier-Journal, August 8th

Collectors in the 1950s usually wanted furniture and accessories in earlier styles, or perhaps a piece that represented the family's background, like a German stein or English china. ... Q: I have a Heineken beer mug marked “Blue Delfts” on the bottom...Read more

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Washington Observer Reporter, August 2nd

Collectors in the 1950s usually wanted furniture and accessories in earlier styles, or perhaps a piece that represented the family's background, like a German stein or English china. But today collectors can see and buy items from all ... Q. I have a...Read more