Welcome to “Steve on Steins.”

 

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PLEASE NOTE:

I DO NOT DO VALUE ($$$’s) APPRAISALS!  OR DO ASSESSMENTS AS FOR INSURANCE OR ESTATES

FOR “POSSIBLE VALUES [PLEASE GO TO:  [1] the web site for “Stein Collector’s International”   @ http://www.steincollectors.org/ AND CLICK ON “STEIN TALK” -IN THE 2ND ROW —UPPER LEFT

OR[2]: ANY OF THE RECOMMENDED STEIN DEALERS / AUCTIONEERS  AS LISTED ON MY “LINKS” PAGE.

= http://www.steveonsteins.com/links-1

  I just do not have the TIME  OR INCLINATION TO APPRAISE! a bunch of steins  (I get about 10 to 20 requests every week  !!!   There are way  too many variables ►  its condition, its location, the time of year, present trends in stein/ drinking vessel  collecting, local (and now national) economics; but by far the “biggest problem  of all  in communicating  ”so called values” are the prior expectations by the owner[s]! (which are most  usually based on hearsay and old, old rumors provide by other family members!!

Also to be considered for any type of ‘value” comparison / or value research is from whom or where  are you buying the piece or where and what for any one piece sold for.  There is a vast difference between buying any given stein at a local auction, or an antique shop then buying the same one from one of the  national or international stein auctioneers and of course the major USA auction companies such as Soetheby’s OR Christies who now charge over 22% (I think)  just for “the privilege” of buying something from them!…… 

 This  web site was  started as an informational site for beginning beer stein collectors that would be looking for the info and not the general public.  but this site does have  its own search engine [top right on each page!] SO if one puts in “Wood Steins” or “Hand painted steins,” it will give one a list of all the pages that has that should have that subject matter word within it. 

NOTE: I am sorry… but  this feature is case sensitive  (A “Word Press: feature, and  not MINE  !!!!!

STILL WISH TO CONTACT MABOUT ANY INFORMATION ON THIS SITE?  EMAIL:  STEVE (STEPHEN)  = thevirginian@cox.net  [8-13]

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Hello fellow beer stein collectors, welcome to “Steve on Steins.”

Here soon, (June – 2010) with any luck, and if my two index fingers hold out, I’ll be sharing all sorts of “stuff’” I believe I know about beer steins and other older European drinking vessels. Many of the photos are out of: “From Which To Drink.” [FWTD] which is the name I gave my collection. I plan on adding articles and photos all the time (after posting the initial grouping of about 12 pages, I have now posted over 2,500 photos), so please do check back once in awhile.

[Note: This "project" was started in June 2010, and after two major set backs (data photo files crashed.) I now have well over 130 separate "drinking vessel subject pages" and also posted are several more of  "stein related" but featuring miscellaneous subjects.

For example, the group of enameled glass steins just below (all in FWTD) was made by the Theresienthal Glashütte, around 1880 in Bavaria, and not in Bohemia as most imagine. I earlier on had a large photo file of over 400 Theresienthal made glass drinking vessels (before they all went to visit Peter and Tinkerbell in "Never-never Land") and many of those will be reconstructed and will be re-posted on this web site. It will include beer steins, beer servers, pokals, and roemers all done by this firm.

Please click on the Tab: "Theresienthal Glass Steins - The Guide" on the right side of this page, and the next Tab "Theresienthal Glass Steins - Photos." It will be a pretty extensive photo file so I'll be working on it off and on during the rest of the year of 2011 (and into 2013!)

NOTE [1]: [AWPD] next to, or at the bottom of the page title means: “A Working Pictorial Document” = I’m not at all finished with it.

NOTE [2]: While this is a ‘WWW.COM’ listed web site, this site’s information is free to the public and was developed for educational purposes. If you use this resource for whatever reason, except those noted above, please reference www.steveonsteins.com. Thank you.

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A grouping of Theresienthal beer steins showing some of the variety of styles that can be found.

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A SPECIAL EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS WEB SITE IS SET UP USING A “WORD PRESS”  PROGRAM ….ON A “FIREFOX SYSTEM.”  WHEN PAGES ARE DISPLAYED USING ANOTHER PROGRAM THEY MAY HAVE LOTS OF BLANK SPACES AND ILLOGICAL PLACEMENT OF PHOTOS AND MORE.

I AM SORRY THAT THIS HAPPENS……. BUT THEN I JUST USE WHAT THE COMPUTER GIANTS SUPPLY US PEONS!

STEVE

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My most favorite Theresienthal beer stein form and design, a .5 liter, Circa 1890. This lid is different from the one, top right in the photo above. It was one of T-H’s favorites, and best sellers too.  [FWTD]

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A three liter enameled beer / wine server, with golden outlined highlights. [FWTD]

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Very nice enameling  Coat of Arms on this beer server.

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Above: A closer view of three of the Theresienthal beer or wine servers, showing the diversity of the pieces and techniques used by Theresienthal. All Circa 1880 – 90. [FWTD]

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A couple of more of my favorites by this firm: Two above ▲ ▲: 18 Inch tall Austrian Coat of Arms pokal. One above ▲: another beautiful rendition of the gold trimmed leaves with a splendid pewter lid by G.Th. M. (The Brothers Tannhauer, Munich.) [BOTH FWTD]

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[Center] The latest addition to the Theresienthal collection: A Master Stein (server) with gold lined leaves and “drum” borders of blue prunts. All Circa 1880-90. [FWTD]

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Just a typical night at “Smith’s Museum and Tavern” (S M & T), where everyone of Steve’s friends is drinking from their hand picked personal favorite vessel “FROM WHICH TO DRINK: [FWTD]”

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Just a few of the German Fayence steins Steve’s buddies get to choose from at the S M & T.

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Or they may wish to try out one of my Daubenkrugs (the wood and pewter combos on the top shelf.)

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▲A small display of Westerwald and Regensburg drinking vessels.

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“Hopfen & Malz / Gott erhalt’s” = “Hops and Malt – God preserve them!”

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WISH  TO CONTACT ME?  STEVE (STEPHEN)  = thevirginian@cox.net

“Stein Collecting Materialism” – Buying things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people that don’t matter!”

For those who were keeping track, on 10-18-12, I moved my health status report to the next page: “About Steve.”

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KUDOS:  A couple of recent selected “kudos.” It is nice to get a pat on the back once in awhile:

6-3o-2013

What a wonderful site Stephen, thank you very much.  I have searched for information about my father’s stein collection (he passed in 1960) and specifically about the one or two with these little crystal eyes that he used to like to show to folks. 
Two questions:  1. can I send you a couple of photos for more information?
2. I was intregued by Janet’s statement (the jewler) and wondering if you know how I can contact the Stanhope company: “I have written the Stanhope company to see if they can give me an idea as to when this Stanhope was made.”

Thank you again for your excellent information,
Brock S.
Anchorage, Alaska
shamberg@gci.net

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5-21-2013

Steve, Just wanted to thank you for all the work you’ve done on giving us information and learning on steins, curiosity, and history. I have 130+ steins myself and love knowing the things you put out there for us.  Thank you for all that you do!

David H. in Seattle

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5-18-2013

 Hello-
After hours of research, I was finally able to identify 2 mysterious copper “jars” that I found in Gettysburg, PA!
Thank you for all of the information that you have made available! I couldn’t have figured it out without your website!
I am attaching a picture, as I still can not find any others quite like them. I thought you may appreciate taking a look.

Have a great day!
Blessings,
Kelly

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4-4-2013  = A $3,700.00 mistake averted!!

Steven, (sic)

Sorry to here about ………………………….”  I have watched a few of the items at Gary Kirsner.

To up date you on the Rock Island auction. My adult son, who also read your postings and I both took these in at the viewing and every thing you say about looking for a fake was then evident.

Obviously i did not bid, but did check the price afterwards the 6 steins as a group went for around $3700.  Unbelievable that was more than i would have though even if they had been real.

http://www.rockislandauction.com/viewitem/aid/1020/lid/1617

jimmy

The six repros mentioned above

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3-5-2013

Appreciate your series of three articles on repro regimental steins. You confirmed for me that there are some high quality repros on the market now from Germany. I was shocked by the quality of the KB IR 23 stein in part 3 (new repro number 4). That stein looked real.
 
I have been a serious collector of regimental steins for six years and enjoy a small set of about 38 original steins. My Christmas present was a beautiful ceramic naval stein (SMS Deutschland). Like most, I learned the hard way how to identify real from repro. While 99% of repros are now easy to identify, I’ve noticed some high quality repros the past two years – that one percent. While the body of the stein looks real with all the usual characteristics, the generally poor quality lid gives them away. Just saw a high quality ceramic naval stein for 1,200 euro on the German eBay this past weekend – the lid was exceptionally high quality, but the base gave it away as I saw the same base design on obvious repro stein.
 
Anyway, thank you for publishing your series on the Internet.   
 
Bob B

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1-5-2013

Thank you for the good information on glass bottom mugs. My wife was at Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria yesterday where she was told glass bottoms were there to let the tavern keeper know when you were almost out of beer.

Seemed odd to me since you can tell that by how far back someone has to tip their mug anyhow.

Regards,  Dan

Daniel S
Orange CA

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12-18-2012

Steve, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I can not express the joy in my heart at having stumbled onto your stein website. I was researching a medical device at work when I found your site and emailed the link to my home. I have been a collector myself for over half a century. As a youngster growing up in South Texas i began an ever widening search for Civil War items. That was in the 1960s. I often ran across beer steins in my search but knew that I could only afford to collect one subject at a time. I resisted the urge to collect steins, all the while gaining an appreciation for them, until about 15 years ago. I don’t buy many because of the expense.

I also collect Scandinavian knives, lucky pennies from Texas, gray hair and gas. (Ed. note: I loved this line = firefighter type of humor!)

I joined the SCI about 10 or 12 years ago but my job made it impossible to make a meeting. I joined the Lone Star Chapter and made on meeting but I only vaguely remember it. I was working from 5pm until 5am and was almost too tired to navigate. Seems there was some kind of friction in the club at the time because someone came out and looked at what I brought for display and said “Well at least their old!” and went back into the house. It was an interesting experience.

I have always been interested in the story behind the item. I read a lot and try to understand the context in history that something was used in. I’ve never written much for publication, never went to college. Collecting anything today is getting difficult with so many “investor groups” pushing prices up and the vest pocket dealers getting dumber and dumber. ………………………………………….

I’ll be back to your site often. I may even put my 2 cents worth in. I own a few wooden steins, a couple of drinking horns (real ones) a much a art nouveau steins, and a hodge podge of others.
Sincerely & Have A Safe & Happy Holiday Season.
Dan A
Webster, Texas

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11-26-12

Steve,

I wanted to thank you – Back in 2011 I sent you an email asking for your help on a stein I wanted to buy my husband off eBay.  My husband was stationed in Germany during his Army service and really enjoyed learning about the steins while he was there.  I bought the one you looked at for me – We love it! 

I couldn’t get back with you because his mother took ill, my husband had to quit work to take care of her and I took over the bills for both homes.  (So, I was a bit busy and too tired for the internet)  Things have settled down a bit – we got her on her feet and healthy as can be for an 81 year old. 

We have since kept your website as our go to when we want to research steins.  We now have 4 regimental steins – we are pretty sure one is not real after being on your site extensively, but for $60 I had to have it (from an antique store) because it is still so beautiful. 

So, Steve, in a nutshell – we appreciate you – we appreciate the time you have put in to your website – we have learned so much because of you.  We always look at each other and say, “let’s go to Steve on Steins Website and see what he says.”   We have enjoyed your site for the past few years now – you have helped this couple in Indiana to be more knowledgeable on steins.

Thank you from Jim and Kathy in Indiana

Happy Holidays

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Steve’s belief: Have no doubt: the price of “cheap” natural gas obtained by hydraulic fracturing (aka, “fracking”) is actually quite exorbitant: nothing less than poisoning of the waters of Earth.  It is a looming ecological nightmare (see the video of the lady  turning on the faucet and setting fire to the water coming out!!) that requires the opposition of every human being who loves life more than money.

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