The Reading Room contains links to approximately 100 informative articles and resources for stein collectors. This material is organized into general categories as shown below. For ease of navigation, you may click on any of the categories and your browser will take you directly to that section. Or, of course, you can navigate the list by scrolling up and down.
Sources which deserve special attention are:
If you can’t find what you are looking for here, perhaps you can find it in one of the External Links of Interest.
Most recently added or updated:
Translations Illustrated by Roy De Selms (updated on a regular basis)
The Marks of Finishing Firms – Those “other” marks
Getting Started: An Introduction to Stein Collecting
- Collecting Beer Steins – An Introduction to the many types of steins
- It Dates From Around the Turn of the Century the Golden Age of Steins – some history about steins.
- Old or New? – A discussion about identifying steins
- Anatomy of a Beer Stein – The basic terminology explained
- Beer Stein Ceramics Simplified – Stoneware, Pottery, Porcelain, Faience, Earthenware?
- Glossary of Terms
- Glossary of German Terms
- Humorous Look at Terminology
- Caring for Your Steins
- Featured Stein Archive (often referred to as the Stein of the Month Series)
It is often said that the best way to learn about steins is to handle as many of them as you can, as often as you can. The corollary to that advice is to read about as many as you can, including a wide variety of types, materials, themes, etc., and the perfect way to do that is to browse the past Stein of the Month articles.
- Wrapping and Packing – helpful suggestions for how to ship steins
Specific Areas of Collecting Interest: