Dr. Beatrix and *Paul, Les, with photographs
Stoneware Steins from the Les Paul Collection, Krüger Druck
Verlag, Dillingen/Saar, 2005. 464 pages, 9.5" x 12", side-by-side
English and German text, lavishly illustrated with large format color
Each of 17 centers of German stoneware production are examined from
historical and cultural viewpoints, with special emphasis on the
the stoneware industry, its practitioners, their techniques and
The first time you make - or avoid - the purchase of an early stoneware
based upon the information in this book, you will likely recoup your
investment. Beyond that, this book promises many years of enjoyable
is no other English text which approaches this one for information
compilation, Die Wandmalereien im Ratskeller zu Wiesbaden,
Verlag von Gebruder
Petmecky(?), not dated. Softcover, 5.75" x 8.25", 182 pages, German.
Tales and verses accompanying illustrations of the murals in Wiesbaden
Ratskellers by Heinrich Schlitt and Kaspar Kögler. A very enjoyable and
frequently humorous collection of sketches and verses. Out of print,
difficult to find.
Guide to Pewter; Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Prentice-Hall,
1982. Soft cover, 8.5" x 6", 256 page, English. This is a
well-illustrated basic book on pewter which shows steins of many
Arranged by country of origin, it covers the production of pewter
includes a section on Pewter Marks and an excellent Glossary.
John L.; Regimental Steins; Frederick, MD; The Old
1979. Hardcover, 7.5" x 11", 250 pages, English. Includes lengthy
discussion of the characteristics of Reservist steins, German military
organization of the Imperial German Armies and Navy, Regimental
profusively illustrated in b&w. For many years this was the only
authoritative guide for Regimental steins. Out of print, difficult to
R. Ron; Regimental Beer Steins (Reservistenkrüge) 1890 - 1914;
Milwaukee, WI; 1997. Hardcover, 12.25" x 9.25", 295 pages, text in
both English and German. Includes history, organization and service in
Imperial German Armies and Navy, discussion of characteristics of
beer steins, and hundreds of steins fully described and photographed in
from the author.
Colonel (Ret) Lester E.; EIN TAUSEND UND EINE UBERSETZUNGEN VON
BIERKRUG SPRUECHE (1001 German Beer Stein Translations); New
LA; Al. E. Gator Press; 1994. Softcover, 8.25" x 11.25", English.
Includes an introductory chapter on how to read old German print and
German verses and expressions commonly found on steins are presented in
alphabetic order, with their English translation. Out of print,
available in the secondary market. This work is available in the SCI
web site library.
und Reservistenpfifen; Munich, Germany; George O. Callwey;
Hardcover, 291 pages, 8 x 8 1/2 inches, text is in German. In addition
usual material on Reservist (Regimental) Steins, this book includes
Reservist's Pipes and other associated remembrances. It is extremely
illustrated with a profusion of both color and black and white
of print, difficult to find.
Gary; The Beer Stein Book, A 400 Year History; Coral
Glentiques Limited; 1999. Hardcover, 8.5" x 11", 384 pages, English.
Expanded in scope and content and updated from its 1990 predecessor.
chapters on the history of steins, production of steins, terminology
characteristics, marks, effects of condition on price, and information
collectors, plus illustrated sections on all primary categories of
early stoneware, faience, porcelain, glass, occupational, character,
modern, etc.). Over 2700 beer steins illustrated, including 32 pages of
with price estimates. This book contains a wealth of information for
collectors from beginning to advanced.
Gary; The Mettlach Book (4th Ed.); Coral Springs, FL;
Limited, Incorporated; 2005. Hardcover, 8.75" x 11.25", 472 pages,
English and German. The latest edition of what has long been the
Mettlach reference source for most dealers and collectors. It includes
informative chapters on Mettlach history, trademarks, production, and
factors, plus the most extensive modern illustrated catalog of Mettlach
Profusely illustrated in b&w plus 16 pages in full color, the book
price estimates based upon extensive knowledge of the market by a
stein sales. In addition to updated valuations, this edition greatly
upon prior editions: over 3000 items are illustrated, more than 4200
described and priced.
Gary; German Military Steins, 1914-1945, Deutsche Militärkrüge;
Coral Springs, FL; Glentiques Limited, Inc.; 1989. Softcover, 6" x 9",
96 pages, English. This book covers the period from the outbreak of
World War I
to the conclusion of World War II. It does not include reservist steins
Imperial Army or Navy. Over 260 steins are illustrated and described,
estimated values provided. Information about history, marks, stein
and a glossary are also provided. Out of print, occasionally found on
Jack and *Clarke, Pat; English
Translation, 1899 Mettlach Catalog with Supplement, Steins;
NJ; Patrick J. Clarke and Jack G. Lowenstein; 1974. Softcover, English.
translation of the Villeroy and Boch Mettlach Provisional Price List of
showing size, the Mettlach description, and the 1906 price. Out of
Dr. Eugene; Encyclopedia of Character Steins; Des
Wallace-Homestead Book Company; 1976. Softcover, 8.5" x 11", 210
pages, English. Includes introductory articles about character steins
plus more than 450 photographs and descriptions of character steins.
by category (e.g., Animals, Munich Child, Skulls and Satans), this was
comprehensive character stein reference available to collectors, and
frequently referred to by using their figure number in this book (e.g.,
is the Bismark radish). Out of print, difficult to find.
Eugene V. and *Wald, Mike; Character
Steins, A Collector's Guide; NY, NY; Cornwall Books; 1987.
9" x 12", 271 pages, English, profusely illustrated in b&w and
color. This is a follow-on work to the one listed above. The book
pages of introductory material, including an article about the
manufacture of Musterschutz
(Schierholz) porcelain character steins. Also included are copies of
original catalogs, providing evidence of the manufacturer of many
character steins. Hundreds of character steins are depicted and
book is a supplement to The Encyclopedia of Character
and there is very little overlap in content. Out of print, may be found
Patricia L. and *Manusov, Eugene V.; A
Collector's Guide to Diesinger Steins; Los Angeles, CA; Bristol
1991. Softcover, 8.25" x 10.75", 90 pages, English. Includes a history
of investigations into D.R.G.M. and Diesinger, common characteristics
handles, thumblifts, and decorative touches, and an illustrated catalog
numerous Diesinger steins, complete with descriptions. Includes a
color insert. Out of print, difficult to find.
Stadtmuseum: Das Münchner Kindl;
Munich, 2000. Softcover, 8.75" x 11.25", 292 pages, German. Published
to accompany an exhibition held between October 8, 1999, and January 9,
2000. Lavishly illustrated in both black and white and color, the
catalog opens with a discussion of the history, origin and evolution of
the monk as the official seal of Munich. It turns then to the many
decorative ways in which this symbol has been used, including beer
steins, postcards, advertising, architectural ornament, bookplates,
figurines, jewelry, silverware, dolls, costumes, labels, posters,
certificates and cartoons. Although written entirely in German,
Münchner Kindl devotees will find the illustrations to be very
absorbing, and the essential information in the captions is easily
understood. A chapter titled Künstlerentwürfe
focuses on the artists/designers of many of these works, including
Franz Ringer, Ludwig Hohlwein, Theodor Otto Hahn, Bruno Mauder (see
figure 2), Carl Moos and the as-yet unidentified artist "TS," showing
steins each of them designed. Otto Hupp is represented by illustrations
of the covers of six of his Münchener Kalendar, each showing a
different treatment of the Munich Child. Many stein collectors will be
sorry to have missed the exhibition, but the book helps to make up for
Anton and *Thomas, Dr. Therese; Villeroy
Boch, 1885 Mettlach 1905; Wheeling, IL; Hans J. Ammelounx,
Hardcover, 8.5" x 11.25", 368 pages, English and German. Includes a
history of the production of stoneware at the Villeroy and Boch factory
Mettlach, a short treatment of marks, and reproductions of several
illustrated catalogs, supplements and price lists from 1885 to 1905.
pages show form number, height, capacity, brief description (title),
original prices, with and without lids. This is an important source
Mettlach specialists. Out of print, occasionally available on the
J. A. and *Thomas,
Dr. Therese; Heinrich Schlitt 1849-1923. Softcover, 9" x
8.25", 144 pages, English and German. The cover of this book shows a
painting titled "The Painting Dwarf" by this highly popular artist who
worked for Mettlach. The book includes a biography, examples of Schlitt
signatures, and index of Schlitt's work for Mettlach, as well as
illustrations of paintings, ceramics and murals. Out of print,
und Krüge - Trinkgefäße 16.-20. Jahrhundert ; Munich, Germany;
Sammlerbibliotek; 1978. Softcover, 6" x 8.5", 164 pages, German. An
illustrated survey of steins and drinking vessels from the 16th to the
century. Illustrated. Out of print, rarely found.
James R.; Antique Steins, A Collector's Guide (2nd Ed.);
Cornwall Books; 1989. 223 pages, English, estimated values, profusely
illustrated in b&w and color.
Johannes and Vogt, Peter; Alte Bierkrüge, Battenberg
Augsburg, Germany, 1993. Softcover, 8.25" x 9.75", 84 pages, black and
white and color photographs, German. This is an illustrated survey of
different types and periods of steins. Steins are described and
provided (in DM, of course). May be available on the secondary market,
likely in Germany.
Peter; Fayence und Steinzeug aus vier Jahrhunderten,
the author, Munich, Germany. Hardcover, 8.25" x 8", 141 pages, German.
This is an illustrated catalog, each page showing and describing one
faience or stoneware, including many steins. All photographs are large
professionally done and in full color. This is an excellent reference
study of these older pieces, but also very enjoyable for the
collector. Out of print, difficult to find.
Mike; HR Steins Cataloged and Photographed; Kingston,
Publications; 1980. Softcover, 8.75" x 5.75", 116 pages, English. This
book remains the only attempt at compiling a catalog of works by HR.
Introductory chapters describe investigation into the origins and
history of the
various HR marks, and characteristics of HR steins. That is followed by
compilation of HR steins, complete with descriptions and black and
photographs. Out of print, has been reproduced several times, hard to