What is this?

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  • #39423 Reply


    Hello all,

    I was wondering if you could help me out. I recently bought a stein at an antique shop and was wondering if I could get some more info on it? I am a collector of oditites but this is my first stein. I have included a link to a picture I found of one that it nearly exactly resembles (Except mine is yellowed and still has some blue paint). The inside of the lid has the Mark “DBGM” and “53” and has some almost smith’s mark under the DBGM.

    Thanks for any help!


  • #39424 Reply


    AAAAH. Forgot the pic. sorry. Lol

    How to Tell if a Beer Stein is Valuable

  • #39427 Reply


    This is post-war gift shop fare, worth perhaps $10 to someone who wants it for decoration purposes.

    • #39429 Reply


      Thanks for the insight! How can you tell, I’d love to learn more!

  • #39431 Reply


    30-40 years ago when I started collecting I asked an experienced collector how to tell how old a stein was. He told me, “You look at it and you know.” That wasn’t very helpful, but as years have passed I came to appreciate what he said. He did go on to show me various traits that when taken together reveal the age. Pewter is a big tell, and the fly-away angle of the thumblift on this stein is recognizable as being comparatively new. The details of the relief are not sharp. The colors are typical tourist fare. I can’t see the base, but suspect it is marked as “Western Germany.” The terms Handgemalt and Handarbeit, both meaning handmade, are dead giveaways – 100 years ago these markings didn’t exist. As you noted on your blog, your own college beer stein may be important to you, but it is unlikely to hold the same value for someone else. That is an important element in determining value of all beer steins – the stein you bought on your honeymoon in Munich has special meaning to you, but to someone else it is just a souvenir. The stein in question does not display any characteristic that distinguishes it from hundreds or thousands of others, and very similar steins can be purchased brand new in souvenir shops at reasonable prices. And steins with no distinguishing features can be picked up at garage sales.

  • #39437 Reply


    Another give away on this stein is the marking DBGM. This is Deutsches Bundes-Gebrauchsmuster (German Federal Registered Design). This dates it to 1949 or later. On the other hand, DRGM, which means the same except Reich instead of Federal, dates it to 1891 – 1949.

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