As nice as this German carving of a monk and his beer stein is , one can always fine another version done by a person who just should have stayed in bed that day. As in – see next example below ▼.
ABOVE ▲ .FOLK ART CARVING FROM ROMANIA. I OFTEN WONDER WHO BOUGHT THIS S(TUFF) ORIGINALLY, AND DID THEY REALLY LIKE IT OR WAS THIS SOME KID’S FIRST ATTEMPT TO CARVE A FIGURE ??
(AND YES, I KNOW ALL ABOUT THE “BEAUTY IS IN IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER” NONSENSE!! However, there are some things where the world would have been better off if not made!)
There is always a use for a good barrel!
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My web site is not just a blog .my site was created for informational purposes to help combat all the mis-information, misnomers, myths and just out-right “bull crap” that has been promoted about beer steins, etc. for at least the last 100 or so years. I do not mind you using any of my published information, but would you please give my site the proper credit it is due!! (www.steveonsteins.com)
I have worked over 6 years providing all this and as you know it is free! I believe that proper credit is the least that one could do; thereby helping me to promote my site and getting good information about drinking vessels out to the public! Thank you very much;
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Barrel Maker occupational. Porcelain .5 liter Stein Ca. 1900 [RFA] ►lloks like his assistant is pissed at the boss, yes?
Wooden Barrel stein, Austrian = About as close to a real barrel one can get. .5 liter
Dutch wooden stein, barrel form, with a thin stamped brass lid, made very much like the Dutch wall plaques that celebrate drinking in the their taverns. such as, See below ▼.
-A Dutchmen -drinking-and-fighting-scene-one-liter also modeled after another go-with” bass plaque. a one liter I believe
“One view of Milwaukee!” [A PC ]
Same scene now shown on a German .5 liter blown glass PUG stein. Ca. 1920 [SA] ]
EDITOR’S NOTE: The closest I ever got to a 4.0 in college was my blood alcohol content!
Wooden slated steins with wicker stave supports / holders are perhaps the oldest and cheapest form of “Barrel Steins” that could be made.
It didn’t have to have the metal staves holders as the inside would have been “pitched” and that process would also help to hold the staves together. Examples of wood and wicker steins can be found from just about every country in Europe and the USA where forests were rampant. Even so, if in good shape (and most are not) there are many collectors out there who relish these.
There are two reasons for this I think. The first is these are all considered “Folk Art” and the second is that they are also collectable under the collecting category of “Treen.” Therefore these beer steins end up having three collectors groups looking for prime examples.
ABOVE▲The cork and wood stein: All of the staves are still intact and most are tight one to another, even after years of heavy usage. Height is 9 inches. Diameter at base: 6.5 inches. One brass band is missing. Circa 1900. [FWTD]
Three Barrel shaped wooden staved wine pitchers with brass support bands; all about 1880 vintage and from Belgium, but the French made many of these also.
Above ▲ – Acarved back plate of German hard wood chair Ca. 1850. If this hadn’t been 1/2 of the USA away when it sold it would be here in S M & T!
A Bunzlau, Germany (now just inside Poland) stoneware mini-barrel used as a liqueur dispenser. Ca 1720. Length size about 10 inches. [tsaco]
A Painted Westerwald version c. 1850.
Another from the Westerwald area , same time frame as above , sans spout and bunghole stopper. These were nicknamed “pigs” I assumer because they were so round in the middle.
A pottery table or cupboard rack with two small liqueur dispenser for wine or brandy or schnapps.- see the small chalice in carved relief on the front of the cradle. A nice touch.
Detail of the barrel in cradle set with spout and “bunghole.”
“Bungholes” were first used on wooden barrels, and were typically bored by the purchaser of the barrel using a brace and bit. Bungholes can be bored in either head (end) of a barrel or in one of the staves (side). With the bung removed, a tapered faucet can be attached to aid with dispensing. When barrels full of a commodity were shipped, the recipient would often bore new bungholes of the most suitable size and placement rather than remove the existing bung. Wooden barrels manufactured by specialty firms today usually are bored by the maker with suitable bungholes, since the hobbyists who purchase them for the making of beer, wine, and fermented foods often do not have a suitable brace and bit. [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunghole]
Brandy / schnapps barrel (Germ: Schnapsfass) – Now mostly found on wooden racks, these small barrels were placed on sideboards of homes and clubs, and used for after dinner “shots.” Shown: A Westerwald Brandy dispenser. Ca. 1890, S. P. GERZ – No. 506 [?] or 789 [?] both similar.
V & B Mettlach-“Earlyware” – 6 liter – Vines, leaves, grapes, putti finial for bung hole cover ]RFA]
Spanish enameled glass barrel in cradle set. Ca.the last 40 years or so (based on the oxidation of the brass spout).
A very nice smaller than above engraved glass “Schnapsfass” sitting on a carved neuvo-renaissance wooden rack. Most likely German / French border area for the carved work If you were only going to have one ot might as well look like this!
One of my favorites here at S M & T. A large pewter “Occupational” (Brewer’s Guild) schnapps /brandy barrel. Most often used for after dinner schnapps, etc. at the still unknown city of this Brewer’s Guild Hall. Dated 1740 with the four presenters’ names. It works. [FWTD]
The end piece of the barrel showing the names of the four members of the Brewers Guild that gave the barrel to their guild in 1740. The saying around the top is the typical one of the times for most occupational pieces: “Long live the handiwork of the Brewers!” [FWTD]
▲A souvenir beer barrel advertising a German brewery; for home / personal use ~ and not as costly as some of the others shown above.
A stucco bar figure these hung over the tables at The guest houses. usually they would hold candles. My main man here ▲might have held a long beer lass like a pilsner in his right hand originally Still in nice shape and a great display (go-with) piece. Early to mid 1800.s.
BEER STEINS SHOWING BARRELS AS PART OF THE DECOR.
.5 liter stein from Munich, Ca. 1890.Merkelbach and Wick Beer Stein with a nice Joseph Lichtinger relief pewter lid ▼.
This lid usually is seem on Lichtinger’s large Theresienthal glass and his pewter beer steins.
For more on those lids, see: http://www.steveonsteins.com/theresienthal-glass-steins-photo-examples-1-3
A .5 L Joseph Lichtinger, the body is most probably a Merkelbach and Wick beer stein but initialed in ink: “J. L . 48.” That mark is very unusual as usually Lichtinger marked only some of his lids as they were most times put on other makers steins. See below ▼.
WARNING: Consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like an jerk!
No need for a bar-frau! Drinking straight from the barrel. .5 liter pottery stein by Diesinger. C. 1890.
To see the history of this firm, please see: http://www.steinmarks.co.uk/pages/pv.asp?p=stein55
A pretty standard scene of old men drinking, using a barrel as a table. .5 l pottery relief. Ca 1900.
A .5 liter pottery beer stein PUG scene of monks and maybe a barrel of wine this time, as the good napping padre is using a small roemer and not a beer stein. However some did like the little roemers for beer as recorded on lots of artwork of this time frame, so it might well be beer. This stein is marked “Martin Paulson.” (eBay’s Painterjanie)
V & B Mettlacj No 3093 A troll sitting on a barrel in some water holding a bottle of what ever it says on it.
Most famous Barrel on a V & B Mettlach-stein 5.2L No. 2205 – “Godess Diana”figural inlaid-lid [ TSACO]
Ca, 1870, .5 liter blown glass with a very “Folksy” painting. Look close, it appears that a tree is growing out of the barrel coming out of the fill hole !
Editor’s note, END OF 2013 :If my right leg gets any worse when I walk, one such as this is going to be my new walker !
GERMAN WOODEN ARTICLES
Wooden humidor with newer handle and one of “the little people (Heinzelmänchen / Dwarfs.
Miniature German beer delivery wagon with carved figures. A newer version, say 1970’s on. Carved after WWII, before that the wood is stained much darker.
WARNING: Consumption of beer may actually cause pregnancy. (▲ ▲ He just got the news from his girl friend!)
.5 liter beer stein with real wooden staves and pewter stave holders. An early C. 1860’s baker’s / pretzel maker’s occupational beer stein. Scarce.
Bear on a barrel coat rack Carved by John Boller (long time SCI member. These are great to hang beer steins from. [tsaco]
My most favorite beer drinking song, (sing along with) Tom T. Hall’s “I like beer!”
A 1/ 8 liter pottery relief, Diesinger made, “Kinder Stein” of Heinzelmänchen (Dwarfs) with a beer barrel on a small wagon being pulled by a wolf. Mold number, 946, on lower front. [RFA]
.5 liter pottery relief showing what the Dwarfs do best! The quarter barrel on the floor to catch the drops is a nice touch.
Of course beer barrels and their contents have such an impact on society that song writers have made 100’s of songs about them and the activity they produce or witness. Here is the number one of all times performed by a now all but forgotten German band leader Lawrence Welk. He and his “big band” were very popular in the 1950’s on American TV. I remember viewing the show as a youngster.
BARREL CHARACTER STEINS FROM MUNICH~ BELOW ▼:
Munich Maid. 5L, porcelain, marked Martin Pauson (a distributor of beer steins). [tsaco]
Same body as one above, with a different, and prettier head attached.
Essentially the same body with yet another different head, and only a .25L, porcelain. This one is marked E. Bohne Söhne= the maker of the other two shown above ▲ also. [tsaco]
MUNICH MAID’S FIGURES ON CHARACTER BARREL STEINS, BELOW▼
Munich Maid holding a mass of beer and radishes, while sitting on barrel ~ itself while on a barrel. This .5 liter porcelain stein was made by Schierholz.
Another Munich Maid, this one with her cat and mass of beer. .5L, porcelain, marked “Musterschutz”, again made by Schierholz.
The handle is a herring which is considered German “hang over” food.
Character Stein. 1/2L. Schierholz Porcelain. Black robed Munich child on lid. Made exclusively for Martin Pauson (thereby being a bit more scarce. [RFA]
One more version with an unusual representation of her in an all black robe.
A variant Munich Maid – by Schierholz.
Same as above but with slightly different coloration.
Others than the MM on a porcelain barrel.:
This one shows Gambrinus, The king of beers on his throne.
Character Stein. 1/2L. Schierholz Porcelain. “Perkeo” on a barrel which says in German “Old Heidelberg.”
[Perkeo – A dwarf whose job it was to guard the large barrel of beer in the castle’s “keller.” Now a well known symbol of the City of Heidelberg. He is seen on almost every souvenir stein produced for that city, along with the castle and its barrel (“das grossefass”)]
OCCUPATIONALS WITH BARRELS
Above: A hard to photograph scene of A typical older blown clear glass occupational showing a beer barrel maker with his hammers and implements
.5 liter porcelain, PUG scene and Occupational stein for a “Beer barrel wagon driver.” There are probably several dozen of different scenes that could be collected that feature barrels on these types of Occupational steins. c. 1900 [tsaco]
Above a Barrel Maker’s occupational STEIN , .5 L porcelain PUG . C.1900
Same scene as one above it but with different body colors. (This is a duplicate of the one shown upon entering this page.)
TAPPING THE KEG – A MARRIAGE IN BRITTANY –DETAIL
For information about all the funnel men with beer barrel bodies shown below and more, please read:
A .5 liter stoneware example of “The Funnel Man” Circa 1890.
Same body verse as on the stoneware —— also see the brewers star. [Not the Star of David!] This version also comes with a gold colored cartouche and finishings such as the stein two below has. See the photo below ▼ [END] of article.
Another .5 liter. This has a different verse than on both of the models above.
As above only with gold finishing. [TSACO]
5L, pottery, marked 622, with a different verse and colors.
WARNING: Consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, more handsome, and smarter than some really, really, big biker guy named “Big Al.”
One of my favorite beer songs, “Beer Drinking pPeople”, sung by the band leader the mother of my children (my “ex”) and I used to dance to back in the 1960’s.
“Big Al Downing – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TgSlJ_GAmQ
Big Al never got too big in the Country Music industry but he was great fun to listen and dance too at Rand’s in DC! He played Rock and Roll back then. Big Al died a few years back. Please give it a listen.
This one ▼has nothing to do with “N” town.
Barrel – Character of barrel and Ram (Bock) stein , pottery .5 liter , J.W. Remy. “Hofbrau” mugs for earrings and a monkey (drunkenness – see Symbols) as a handle. What else could you ask for ??
STONEWARE VESSELS :
A Regensberg double ring jug with a molded baby Bacchus and a wine (and not beer as the eBay seller called it) barrel sitting at the junction. [FWTD]
Detail of baby Bacchus, grapes and a barrel for support.
And of course V& B Mettlach had to produce a few. ▲ .5 liter , Form No. 675.
V & B Mettlach No 1687 1/2L , Barrel. This lid is a replica of the end of the famous Heidelberg Barrel .
Stein was made for the Anniversary of the University of Heidelberg, 1386-1886 – 500 Years.
Lid scene on a plain .5 l glass stein, lots of this type “out there”!
G D – WORD PRESS DROPPED OFF ANOTHER PHOTO
Probably the most recognizable of all the V & B Mettlach incised steins: No. 2382 “The Thirsty Knight”
Pewter body with copper stave supports. American made Manning Bowman? This was a National Guard award, see the barely visible crossed cannons on the front of the mug. No size given but it looks to be about a pint.
American. Copper with pewter bands. Also Manning Bowman. The thumblift design and the flat top of the handle was popular around the 1910-30’s. The lid that sets into the body is more prevalent on Russian steins than on American ones.
Pewter beer stein. German. Ca. 1840 – [EX FWTD]
Pewter Stein. Ca. 1840, Has a very unusual handle attachment and thumblift.
Pewter barrel with old German script. Late 1800’s.
All pewter Budweiser Beer stein with molded staves. The A/B logo is on the thumblift.
WARNING: Consumption of beer may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
Barrel. 1L. Silver plated brass with all brass stave holders and with a “fill hole.” [RFA]
Silver plated (oxidized) Character stein, 1.0L, (7.1 ht.), with a very unusual twisted “rope handle” out of metal. Unknown maker.
Student duelists helping themselves to beer at their “Alma Mater!”
Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living. ~ Jean Kerr
(Well he made a good living, but we think Dean Martin’s buddy Foster Brooke was faking it . but maybe not!
Now if you never heard of Foster Brooks you are in for a treat!
A large punch bowl in barrel form, Bohemian C. 1870 (Unknown firm) Ruby stained and cut to clear . A very nice addition to anyone’s collection. For another lighter colored glass “barrel form” punch bowl , not quite as nice see “Punsch” (Punch) Bowls, German – A Pictorial Review.
Readers , I know this is no award winning scholarship page, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway. Steve
Black Forest type woodcarving wall plaque of a brewer -19.5 in ht.-11.3 IN-w. Made-in-Germany-mid to late-1900s [TSACO]
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