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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Florida Weekly, August 26th

Farmers Market - The Punta Gorda Historical Society's Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at History Park, 501 Shreve St. Shop for vegetables, bakery, meats, seafood, plants, gifts and antiques. In addition to the regular vendors, a host of antique...Read more

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Burlington County Times (subscription), August 20th

china, silverware, glassware, framed paintings, posters, vintage dolls, reel to reel and cassette tape recorders, an 8 mm film projector, Polaroid cameras, vinyl records galore, tools, hurricane lamps and even an assortment of beer steins from Germany...Read more

Platteville business promoting 'lost art' of conversation
Dubuque Telegraph Herald, August 18th

Julie Loeffelholz opened Julie's Da Vine Wine & Stein in June, complementing an antique business that opened in July 2014. Wine & Stein features a wide collection of Wisconsin products, including wine and beer, cocktails, and board games for customers...Read more

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Columbia Daily Herald, August 16th

Dozens came out on a bright Saturday morning to bid on items from the historic Johnson Davis Home including antique furniture, fixtures, bedding and other items. The big ticket item was the house itself, which sold for $120,000 to ... surfaced on the...Read more

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WABC-TV, August 2nd

That's how much art and antique appraiser Jon Felz says he paid for this bronze wiener dog. Felz says the pricey pooch ... When shopping for beer steins, look for a lithographs on the bottom, that usually means it's a collectors item. And if you see...Read more

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Coos Bay World, August 1st

for a few haircuts, plaques with clever if outdated sayings, boat models, Americana, gun lore, Native American artifacts, Western pictures, beer steins, oak “antique” waiting chairs, woodworking tools, snake skins, and two ornate red leatherette...Read more

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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

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So you want to visit Munich and you want to do it in style. Well look no further than our list. We have scoured the city to find the top things to do. These include wonderful places to eat, shop, as well as historical sites and art galleries. As it...Read more