Stein of the
Month: October 2001
~ Schierholz Uncle Sam ~
The Uncle Sam stein was produced by the Schierholz
factory of Plaue in both full-color (as seen here) and in tones of honey-tan and
white. Among the makers of porcelain character steins in the late 1900's, the
works by Schierholz rank at the top. The imaginative flair of the designers
coupled with exceptionally fine quality finishing makes these steins a delight
For many years the steins of this factory were known by the name of "Musterschutz",
since that word is the most frequently found mark on the base. In fact, this
word simply means "copyright protected". A lesser number of these
steins contain a "hash mark" or "tic-tac-toe" mark on the
base, which was finally recognized by SCI Master Steinologist Ron Fox as the
trademark used by Schierholz.
In the 1990's the original molds for these steins were pressed back into
service, and some excellent contemporary copies came to market.
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