Featured Stein ~ May 2018
A Great eBay Find
A Miniature Munich Child 4-F Stein
By Fred Ellis
member, die Lüstigen Stein Jaeger von Wisconsin
am a collector specializing in miniature steins with an emphasis on
Munich Child steins. This 1/8L stein which I discovered on eBay
fit both of those areas of interest,
although initially I overlooked another important aspect.
The eBay picture wasn’t very clear. I could tell that the child
was sitting on a barrel, which is very common for Munich child
steins. It was one I did not have in my collection, so I bought
it, not paying attention what was really on the shield.
To my amazement when I opened the package, the 4-F symbol jumped right
out at me. For new collectors the four “F’s” stand for “Frisch,
Fromm, Froh & Frei” (fresh, pious, happy, free). Often found on
steins, this symbol stands for the Turners, or Turnvereins, groups
which practiced organized and often competitive forms of gymnastics and
exercise. If you are not familiar with this important part of German
history and culture, you can learn more by reading this article in the Reading Room.
"Two-fers" are always good, but a "three-fer" is even better.