Note to site visitors: Steve passed away on 2/12/16 and will no longer be adding or contributing to this site. The site, through contributions from readers, will remain on the web in his honor – with his personality and fingerprints all over it.
I (his boy Mikey – as he calls me) am locking most of the site from further alterations and leaving it as-is – like the dusty old display cases in his house. I will however continue to make periodic additions, respond to requests when I can, keep the server up to date and try to fix little things here and there.
Please enjoy it as an educational resource and maybe use it to get to know the old fart himself now that he’s gone. He took a tremendous amount of pride in this site. We’ll all miss him – The Virginian… Everything else on here, and below this line is all him… You can recognize it by the text being typed in all CAPS…
SPECIAL NOTICE: WORK ON THIS SITE INCLUDING NEW PAGES AND NEEDED EDITING** WILL “HOPEFULLY BEGIN AGAIN BEFORE THE NEW YEAR 2015-16 .
**(NO THANKS TO “WORD PRESS” WHICH KEEPS LOSING POSTED PHOTOGRAPHS FOR NO DAMN REASON [WORD PRESS SUCKS! ▼ ▼]
EDITOR’S NOTE – IF THE SPACING ON THIS PAGE OR ANY OTHER APPEARS TO BE OFF…. IT IS….!! EVERYTIME THESE NITWITS PUT OUT A NEW EDITION OF “WORD PRESS” IT MESSES UP SEVERAL OF MY PAGES! “WORD PRESS” IS A TERRIBLE DATA PROGRAM TO WORK ON PHOTOS WITH! PHOTOS THAT HAVE BEEN CAPTURED FOR MONTHS SUDDENLY GO OFF TO “NEVER NEVER LAND” FOR NO REASON. THE ONLY REASON I STILL USE IT IS THAT IT IS FREE AND AS I’M NOT CHARGING YOU, THE READER TO USE IT….. SO AS I’M GETTING NO MONEY, I PUT UP WITH THE STUPID SHIT IT DOES. BUY SOMETHING THAT WORKS IF YOU ARE THINKING OF STARTING A WEB SITE . SLS
THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY CHANGES IN MY HOME LIFE TO PERSUE THIS ENDEVOR THROUGH THE YEARS OF 2013 THROUGH 2015.
I HAVE OVER 100 UNANSWERED STEIN QUESTIONS IN MY EMAIL BIN RIGHT NOW! AND ABOUT 2,000 UNPOSTED, NUT TITLED PHOTOS FOR THIS SITE .
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.
STEPHEN SMITH , EDITOR
I DO NOT DO VALUE ($$$’s) APPRAISALS! OR DO ASSESSMENTS AS FOR INSURANCE OR ESTATES
FOR “POSSIBLE VALUES [PLEASE GO TO:  the web site for “Stein Collector’s International” @ http://www.steincollectors.org/ AND CLICK ON “STEIN TALK” -IN THE 2ND ROW —UPPER LEFT
OR: ANY OF THE RECOMMENDED STEIN DEALERS / AUCTIONEERS AS LISTED ON MY “LINKS” PAGE.
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► condition, location, 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 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 antique shop and buying 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 withinit.
NOTE: I am sorry… but this feature is case sensitive (A “word press: feature, and not MINE !!!!!
STILL WISH TO CONTACT ME ABOUT ANY INFORMATION ON THIS SITE? EMAIL: STEVE (STEPHEN) = [email protected] [8-13]
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.