Blown Glass Handpainted – Any Information Please

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  • #38474 Reply


    I come across a lot of these type Glass Steins (handpainted) and I’m not really smart on them. I picked this on up today. This is what I believe I know: blown glass with attached handle; thumblift is late 1800’s; and picture is handpainted. Is there much interest in old glass steins in today’s hobby? Any additional information would be appreciated. Value range as well if anybody has an opinion on that.

    Thanks for looking and thanks in advance for any information.


    side 1
    side 2
    Front close-up
    Lid side
    Inside Lid
    Very close up

  • #38481 Reply


    Well your statements about the stein appear to be correct (assuming there’s a pontil mark on the bottom). There is interest in glass steins in the hobby. As far as the price range, that could vary depending on the buyer. Likely in the $50 – $100 range. If you had a buyer (like myself) who collects both kegel themed steins and glass steins that would get you into the higher range.

  • #38486 Reply


    rsatterfield, thanks for the feedback. As far as the glass bottom, no pontil mark. It’s actually the smoothest glass bottom that I’ve ever seen. Although I love collecting beer steins in Germany at the local markets, I’m not attached to them, so everything I have is for sell. Unfortunately I have another addicting collector’s hobby I support as well. I’m still learning steins, so I don’t know what a kegel themed stein is. If you send me some pictures, I would be glad to look out for some for you. My email is: , Here’s some pictures of the bottom of the glass.

    Thanks, Rob

    bottom 1
    bottom 2

  • #38487 Reply


    The bottom looks like it may have been replaced, which would explain the lack of a pontil mark.

    Kegels is a game similar to bowling which was very popular in Germany during this period.

  • #38499 Reply


    I’m almost positive the bottom has not been replaced. In fact, I have many glass steins with a similar smooth bottom without a pontil. Is there another explanation why there are no pontil on many early 1900s and even late 1800s glass steins?

  • #38502 Reply


    I’ve never heard of a replaced base on a glass stein. For one thing, two pieces of glass cannot be fused together invisibly. That’s unfortunate because it means that glass items which have been broken cannot be invisibly restored. There are three methods of forming a glass stein body – free blown, mold blown and presssed in a mold. Pressing involves inserting a piston into a mold containing molten glass. The piston presses the glass into the cavity between the piston and the mold. In this case, this curvature of the sides of the stein rule out pressing, so the stein has to have been blown. The majority of glass steins used some type of mold to establish the overall shape, so unless there is some sort of molded surface design, the distinction between blown and mold blown is immaterial. At some point in the latter part of the 19th century pontil marks – “scars” in the base of a stein where the pontil was removed – became undesirable. They were easily removed by grinding and polishing.

  • #38552 Reply


    I forgot to say “Thanks’ Walt. Better late than never.


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