Yard sale find. Trying to get a closer date.

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    Anthony

    Hello, I found a beer-stein at a local yard sale I’m planning on giving my dad as a gift. A little research has turned out a general time period but I’m trying to find a more accurate date. On the bottom it has a WW mark but one of the W is smaller and “resting” on the inside of the larger W. I’ve found it to be made by Wick-Werke Company which was founded in 1920’s and ended in 1984. There is a the number 82 and DBGM which I found was a patent mark and I think those where dated post 1949. so I have a time period from 1949-1984. Is there any other way to find a closer date? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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    Inside of top lid
    Better image of the Patent mark.
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  • #50341 Reply

    Ron

    Anthony,

    That is about as close as you are going to get.

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      Anthony

      Really? That’s a shame. Thank you.

    • #50394 Reply

      Walt

      It is only a minority of ceramic steins produced after about 1865 that reveal their date of manufacture in either their design (e.g., commemoratives) or in their base marks (Mettlach being the only manufacturer which routinely did this). Complicating the question of dating is the fact that most designs (models) were produced over a period of more than one year, perhaps even decades, and they are indistinguishable from one another. As a result, for a specific stein we are usually limited to determining (or approximating) its date of FIRST MANUFACTURE, i.e., “it was made no earlier than xxxx and probably no later than yyyy.”

      You express disappointment that the date of your stein cannot be narrowed down between 1949 and 1984. Why is that? Let’s say you have two examples of the same stein, indistinguishable from each other, along with their original purchase receipts, one dated 1949, the other 1984. With all other things being equal, knowing the precise date of purchase will make absolutely no difference in any way.

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