Featured Stein ~ September 2018
My Butterfly Lady Stein... by Joann Ellis
reason this stein appealed to me is that I am particularly fond of
butterflies. Butterflies are not found on many beer steins, although I
have several steins where butterflies are the main motif. When people
find out that I like butterflies, it seems to stick with them, and when
they find things with butterflies on them it reminds them of me. Thus
when Irene Groebner had this stein, she thought of me and brought it to
a meeting for me to see and to purchase, if I wanted it, and of course
I wanted it!
The decorative theme of this stein can be interpreted as a
woman with butterfly wings, or a butterfly with a woman's body. While
not exactly a butterfly, I was happy to welcome it to my collection.
The lower part of the body is painted a terra cotta red, while the area
above the central figure is gilded. Two small purple flowers flank the
upper handle attachment. The artistic treatment has a definite Art
The body combines the historic baluster shape with the use of a
pedestal base which was popular around 1900. The pewter lid is a "cone"
or "steeple," the most common and least expensive type of lid around
The stamped green mark on the bottom of my stein is somewhat smudged
and difficult to read, but clear enough to be identified as an
exporter's mark (see figure) used by the Gräflich Thun'sche
Porzellanfabrik Klösterle in the Austrian part of Bohemia. All of these
items were from one large item family supposed to be like the porcelain
originally produced at the former Royal Porcelain Factory in Vienna.
Wares bearing this mark were imported to the U.S. by a succession of
firms beginning in 1885 and extending well into the 20th century.