Most of these steins were made between about 1890 and 1920. Most early collectible beer steins are unmarked, but that does not mean that these unmarked steins are not valuable. He founded his company in 1857, possibly on an existing family pottery business that dated back as far as 1810. Lid of the Stein Old German beer steins usually feature metal lids. Good examples can command several thousands of dollars on the antique market.
Simon Peter Gerz I, died 12th September 1893 and was succeeded by his son-in-law Alphons Wilhelm Lötschert b. By the turn of the 20th Century, German beer steins were imported into the United States and widely traded. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. Click on any of the top titles to sort. The original company continued until 1997. What to Look For Look for early beer steins dating from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, before 1918, made in Germany.
He founded his company in 1857, possibly on an existing family pottery business that dated back as far as 1810. Although some were made by Mettlach, Meissen, Capo-di-Monte, and other famous factories, most were made by less important German potteries. Steins, by the nineteenth century, were primarily European-made, of stoneware, and had pewter lids. While most popular beer steins are ceramic with pewter lids, the materials for beer steins vary including earthenware ceramic, glass, carved wood, silver, pewter, etc. Beer steins date back to the 1500s in Germany. Linda asks: How much are my German beer steins worth? There are and the database keeps growing! Come join us and show us what you've got! You can go to a book, you can look up that particular mark, and in this case, this particular one is of Heidelberg Castle.
Used for drinking hot and cold beverages--mainly beer--these decorated steins originally featured images of highlights of the major cities along the Rhine river. In addition to the steins' usefulness as vessels, many beer steins were sold as collectibles or travel souvenirs from famous and even little known cities and regions. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. Well, I just got through going through all of them. His company finally received its licence to produce in 1862. Some steins hosted military insignia or battle scenes.
The motif and prodcution quality indicate care for the artwork, the process and importance. The value of the stein varies on the material used, design of the stein, maker and when it was produced. The company became a G. The covered beer steins are believed to have originated during the bubonic plague when food served in public places was required to be covered to keep insects out. Some of these are outrageously priced on fee-bay, but I estimated them much lower. And generically speaking, German steins are very collectable because of the interest in ale and beer through the years. Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold.
Collecting beer steins has never been so much fun! And if we look at the mark of one, we will see that the mark itself is an impressed castle. Will post pics if needed. The company that made it was Gerz, here's what I have on this company Simon Peter Gerz I G. Bottom of the Stein Identifying old German beer steins requires a keen eye. Handle of the Stein New German beer steins have a bump in the handle. And why I say it's a wonderful number, because there are many books on Mettlach and much information on it. In most cases, the inside of the lid is lighter than the outside of the lid.
Such work was carved into the pottey while it was still wet. Get an of your beer stein from Dr. His company finally received its licence to produce in 1862. As bad as I wish it were true, you can't appraise something based on what one nut-job the world over thinks his thing is worth. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object. Again, this bas relief was carved into the pottery when it was wet. He was father of Alois Jacob Gerz of Roßkopf und Gerz.
If the picture contains any nudity or provocative scenes, it is a new stein. Others were in the form of animals or figures. By World War I, the beer stein industry took a downturn. The theme here will add a bit to the value. Most imitations have Made in China or Made in Taiwan labels on them. No old German beer steins contain nudity or provocative scenes.