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July 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm #38688
These were given to me years ago by my grandfather before he passed away.
I dont know anything about them, and was hoping someone could help me identify them.
I am not looking to sell them, but would like to see if anyone can help with an approximate value if possible.
They all have original mold 1894 stamped on the bottom, 8 steins, in pairs (2 steins have the same image). They are mostly in good condition, with one or to having a chip out of the Rim.
They have western germany and a stamp that looks like a triangle with a rifle through the middle of it.
I’m going to try to get an image hosted up and I’ll provide a link to the IMGUR page for viewing, just Looking for some input in the meantime.
Thanks in advance for the help everyone!!
July 16, 2019 at 7:59 pm #38689
Sorry for the double post, but here is a link to my imgur post about them, complete with around 20.images of the steins.
July 16, 2019 at 9:10 pm #38690
Your lidless steins (I assume the top of the handle has a hole where a lid could be attached) were made by the firm of Albert Jacob Thewalt in Hoehr-Grenshausen, Germany. The firm was founded in 1893, but didn’t begin production until 1894. They started making steins around 1897 when they hired Wilhelm Kamp. Your steins were not made in 1894. Your steins were made post-WWII, probably in the 1970s.
Under the Reading section, click on The Beer Stein Library. If you have the mold numbers, usually three or four digits, you can look up your stein in the Thewalt catalog to get more information. If you don’t have a mold number, search using the German verse to find the Thewalt stein that might match your stein. The Reading section also has an article on the firm.
The prices shown in the catalog generally refer to old steins, circa 1900, in mint condition. They are probably not uptodate. They represent ranges in stein auctions and about 1/3 of the price goes to the auction house. The seller may incur other costs. Private sales or sales on ebay would be at the lower end of the range or less. The newer reproductions would have a lower value. The missing lid would also lower the value. Damage will also lower the value.
Enjoy the steins your grandfather gave you and drink a beer out of them now and then.
July 20, 2019 at 12:26 am #38703
Over 60 years ago my father’s cousin was stationed in Munich ,Germany and he sent my Dad 12
German Beer Steins for Christmas. I now have them in my possession and would like to see what they are worth. What would be the easiest way to get an accurate value for these steins? I’m thinking of giving them as gifts to my two children as Christmas gifts from their deceased grandfather.Most have tops and the are at least 60+ years old. Thanks!
July 21, 2019 at 7:25 pm #38706
Sadly, if your steins are from post-WWII Germany, they are usually not worth much more than pleasant memories. The market for collectible steins has fallen sharply in the last few decades as many of the older collectors die and their collections return to the market. Additionally, people just don’t seem that interested in curio cabinets full of collectibles any longer – it just isn’t what current generations are interested in.
You might be able to sell your steins on eBay for $20 or less… but if you go look right now you will find large numbers of “occupation steins” on eBay that aren’t selling even at a couple of dollars.
The one small exception is if, by some rare occurrence, your father’s cousin managed to get hold of some antique steins while in Germany – made before WWI. However that is the exception, and not the rule, and it would be rare indeed to obtain 12 of them and give them away.
I would recommend you enjoy the steins for what they represent. I myself lived in Europe 40 years ago and picked up some collectibles from antique stores in the region. They aren’t today worth what I paid for them then.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
July 22, 2019 at 7:27 am #38709
Per Greg’s post another possible exception would be if some of your steins were Cold War steins. They are an exception to the general drop in prices as they have actually risen in value over the past few years. Go to The Reading Room for information on these steins.