Please help identify this stein

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  • #27746 Reply


    Hi there,

    Just wondered if someone might have any more information on this stein by any chance please.

    It looks to be made of porcelain, with a glass and pewter lid. It has a watermark in the bottom which is visible when held up to the light. I can’t see a maker’s mark on it anywhere, but it came into the family in the late 1940s in Germany.

    Any info gratefully received.

    Many thanks,


  • #27750 Reply


    Nice porcelain stein, circa 1900. The image in the bottom is called a lithophane, you can read an article about them in the Reading Room of this site. This seems to be of a somewhat higher quality that other porcelain steins, based in part on the decoration down the handle.

  • #27751 Reply


    Thank you so much for taking the time to have a look at the pictures and reply – I really appreciate the response.

    That’s a really interesting read on the lithophanes; do you know approximately how many times the same mould would be reused? Just wondering if there’s likely to be others out there with the same design?

    The glass lid seems quit unusual too… I couldn’t find any pictures online of steins with this kind of lid.

    Thanks again for the reply and the information. Best regards,


  • #27756 Reply


    Depending on how well received a particular mould was it could have generated thousands of steins.

    The glass lid is probably uncommon, but not really rare. In my limited time looking at non-military steins I’ve seen ones like this before. Sometimes you’ll find colored glass and those look very nice in my opinion.

    Without any kind of maker’s mark it would be difficult to determine manufacturer without some luck and extensive research, but my uneducated guess is that it is indeed German.

  • #27777 Reply


    Thank you, really appreciate the information… I feel I’ve learnt a lot more about it (and steins in general) from the responses and resources on this site.

    Thanks again for taking the time to help me out.

    Best regards,


  • #27795 Reply

    Lyn Ayers

    Duncan, if you have interest in steins you can do worse than joining SCI. There is a lot of information in that collecting community and many offers to share information.

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