2003 - from Lindsay
After coming to Stein Collectors International for nearly the last year
information on steins, etc., I thought it was about time I shared with
great people in the world of stein collecting how I came around to
steins in Australia. First of all though, I would like to thank
everyone at SCI
that has given of their time in helping me in this great hobby, beer
I have always been a bit of a collector but had no real direction and
enjoy anything with a bit of age. I have a lot of Brass and Bronze
very nice old clocks and a lot of English Toby Jugs. I did have a few
(Japanese, ssshhh, who said that?), but nothing any good. Anyway,
over time, noticed lidded steins when visiting local trash and treasure
in our area and what I also noticed was that these steins were jumping
me. I mean, I started to notice the bold colours of the cobalt blue,
the yellows and the patina of the pewter lids on the older steins, the
scenes displayed on these steins of groups of people all having a ball.
The first stein I actually picked up was a large musical stein by Wick
(as I was later to discover). It has a beautiful old music box in the
the tune was crisp and clear when I picked it up and it started
playing. What I
did notice was the weight of the thing, I was amazed at how heavy it
was. Once I
got home and placed it on the shelf with the rest of the mugs, I knew
for sure, and that was that my drinking vessel collection was about to
from about 15 of those mugs I mentioned earlier to one Musical Stein.
the other items I had no end.
I remember asking Ron from SCI about the mugs I was going to get rid of
remember his reply, and I still laugh today about it. I asked the
question at a
time when Australia was in the grip of some pretty fierce fires, some
been lit by arsonists. Ron informed me that a part of the punishment
starting the fires the arsonists should be made drink out of the mugs I
Well that done me. Off they went. And, with that, my search for German
began and I have sought them out ever since. Over time I have gathered
steins together, a lot are only contemporary but they really do appeal
to me. I
do have some nice older ones as you will see as you browse the pictures
sets that I am very proud of, one is the Marzi and Remy master stein
with its 6
original drinking steins and the other is my Cider set made by Werner
I have steins by Thewalt, Gerz, Marzi and Remy, Wick-Werke, Reinhold
Eckhardt & Engler, Theodore Weiseler and Goebel.
We do it pretty tough finding good Steins in Australia and when some of
better ones turn up on eBay, etc., they are snapped up by buyers
Australia, mostly because of the buying power of the US dollar against
Australian dollar. But that is only online, we still find nice steins
sales, Trash and Treasure Markets, and some of the live auction houses.
My pride and joy is the Marzi and Remy master stein and drinking
only because it is a cracker, but also because there is a story behind
first noticed the master stein for sale on eBay Australia; I followed
auction through to the end and ended up getting it for $70.00 AU.
The lid of this master stein was engraved as follows, “L K C C The
Cup 1952 Sid Briggs, Net 68.” It was a trophy awarded to this man for
a golf tournament. I was later to find out that this is a very
opened only to members and only overseas guests. It is a course the
open has been played on. Then 2 weeks after I purchased this master
drinking steins turned up for sale. These steins had the same pictures
designs that the master had, so I purchased these for $40.00 AU.
When I got them, sure enough, they were by Marzi and Remy. They had the
pictures, marks and everything. After this, I emailed the seller and
if he had any more of the drinking steins and he informed me there were
but they had been sold to a buyer from the US. After getting the
information for the buyer, I emailed him and asked if he would like to
steins as they were part of a set that had a lot of Australian history.
bit of begging, he agreed to sell them to me at a cost of $125.00 AU.
All up, my set cost me $235.00 AU,
of all I was able to keep a bit of Australia’s history at home.
2 years on, and I am a collector of German steins, which I am proud of,
now started to talk to other collectors in Australia in the hope of
setting up a
chat group (this is in progress) for Beer Stein collectors across our
brown land. One never knows, a Stein Convention in Australia? Get the
out and get a banger on the barby and bust out the beer.
Hope this has been of some interest to you. Cheers from down under!