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A Small “Pictorial Compendium” of Stein Terms. (Q) AWPD

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1911 Postcard


for the future selling of steins on auction sites such as eBay, etc. My web site was really started as an informational site for beginning beer stein collectors that would be looking for the info and not the general public. This

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Shown ▲: A newly made quaich  from the  web site:


Quaich  –   quaich is a special kind of shallow two-handled drinking cup or bowl in Scotland. It derives from the Scottish Gaelic cuach  simoly meaning a cup.  There were small stave built drinking vessels common in the medieval period found around the Baltic and since some of the earliest quaichs are stave built this could be the source.

Traditionally quaichs are made of wood, an art form known as treen.  Some early quaichs are stave-built like barrels and some have alternating light and dark staves.  The staves are held together by bands of willow or silver.
They generally have two, and more rarely three or four, short, projecting handles. 

It was not until the end of the 17th century that they became popular in such large centers as Edinburgh and Glasgow. The silversmiths of such local guilds as Inverness and Perth frequently mounted them in silver,
 as may be seen from the hallmarks on the existing examples.  [Source wikipedia]

With the two handles making them perfect for sharing a toast, they have long been recognized as a cup of love and friendship and are a traditional christening gift.


 Above ▲ – Quaich, Sterling silver  – HALLMARKED EDINBURGH 1922 – with engraved (not etched) Armorial Coat of arms ( not crest!)


Quality lid (A)- A term used by stein auctioneers to indicate a heavy, well molded pewter lid with lots of detail, as opposed to the thin pewter lids found on lots of originally lower priced beer steins. Pewter-smiths such as  ‘G.Th.M.’,  J. Lichtinger,  J. Mayer, and usually steins distributed by M. Paulson. all have “quality lids.”  Shown: A high quality relief lid by J. Lichinger, Munich.

[versus} Non-  quality lids – usually made out of Zinc and plated with a silver like substance, but not silver plated!

Quality Marks (Pewter) — Several of the marks which indicated the quality of the pewter in the vessel. These included the Rose and Crown, the Angel Mark, an X sometimes crowned, and others, depending on the country (see “Bodenrosette”) and the decade. All quite confusing but an interesting field of study.

 Quidenus,  Fritz – Mettlach Artist  – See article:

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