Sunday, 21 September 2014

My HB Stein Collection Thus Far...

Since I have been fortunate enough to find a few more steins to add to my collection lately I decided to update the pictures of what I currently have in my HB stein collection. My main focus is on the early numbered HB steins that would have been used in the Hofbrauhaus, rather than the variant steins that they would occasionally put out. The first two pictures are of 1L steins that range in date from 1875-1890, with the exception of the one in the center on the bottom row which pre-dates 1872 and could likely be from the late-1860s. The third photo includes two steins that are similar that are like from between 1890-1906, as well as the stein featured in my last post that has the tobacco advertisement inside the lid, and a 0.5L stein that has a unique lid with the trademarked logo with the words Schutz-Marke. It age could be as early as 1879, but is uncertain for sure. The last picture includes steins that are post-1900, one of which is accompanied by an original sales receipt for the stein from the Hofbrauhaus. I also have accumulated about 50 unlidded HB steins that range in date from 1900 onward. They were the first HB steins I purchased from antique stores and garage sales before I focused my collection on the antique lidded steins. I am trying to add different variations of pre-1900 steins to my collection, preferably that are numbered. All but two of the steins pictured are numbered.


Saturday, 20 September 2014

HB Stein With Tobacco Advertisement Inside Lid

Pictured is a fairly uncommon HB stein that I recently picked up. It  most likely dates from early-1900, and bears the marking of CH. Reck from Munich (in business circa. 1893-1930) on the side of the stem just below the hinge, as can be see in the last photo. The lid is pewter with what appears to be porcelain in the centre bearing the HB logo. On the inside of the lid, is the advertisement for Regie Virginier; which is a toabacco company I believe in Austria. I have seen a handful of HB steins in this style and a couple of them have slight variations from the one that I have.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Bridging the Gap

Since I had started collecting HB steins, I had always really liked this particular style of HB stein. I recently was able to add one to my collection. It is an interesting stein, since it is seems to be the style that bridged the gap between the early HB steins that were crudely etched, and the ones that bear the trademarked logo on the body that we are all familiar with. The trademarked logo can be found on the lid, but the stein bares just the HB on the body. I don't believe this style of stein was manufactured for very long making them somewhat uncommon. All of the ones that I have encountered seem to bare the mark of Munich's W.Wild on the inside of the lid. This style of HB stein in all likelihood dates from somewhere in between the late-1880s and early-1890s.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

My Holy Grail of HB Steins

A couple of years ago, while conversing on the Stein Talk forum at Stein Collectors International, one of the members of the forum told me about an HB stein that he had seen that bore the measure of the Bavarian Mass rather than the Litre. Why is this significant you may ask? It is significant, because when Germany was unified in 1871, they converted to the metric system of measure, thus the Bavarian Mass was replaced by the Litre. The Mass is equal to 1.069 litres, so when the conversion was made the customer would receive slightly less beer for their money. What is significant to me the collector is that a stein bearing the M for the measure denotes that the stein was made prior to 1871 (which is very old in terms of HB steins), and most likely made in the 1860s. As strictly an HB stein collector, a Pre-1871 HB stein is to me the Holy Grail of beer steins, and the stein that I had most desired. I have been fortunate enough to come across one, and add it to my own collection. The stein pictured below is # 806. It bears a 3 ringed hinge, which were believed to be circa 1875, but appears here on an evidently earlier stein than that. The lid is flat with an acorn thumb lift, and an engraved B on the top, as well as the stein #806. The body is combed with an incised HB, and there are no apparent maker's marks. The lid is fastened to the body soundly with no loose hinges that might indicate that the lid was a replacement or from a later date than the stein body. The gentleman whom the stein was purchased from indicated that in his 30+ years of collecting Munich Brewery Steins it was the only one bearing the Bavarian Mass that he had ever seen, and I personally had never seen one where the measure is **clearly visible** to confirm its age. Below are some pictures of the stein.

(**referring to the unlidded one pictured from a very low resolution image found in an article discussed in a previous post**)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Fellow HB Collector with a Fantastic Collection

This post is to showcase the collection of a fellow HB stein collector who has put together a fantastic collection. Dan has managed to accumulate a number of numbered HB steins of different variations. One of which is a very tough to find HB stein with the Hofbrauhaus Keller lid that dates from the 1870s. In his collection are also a number of other pre-1900 steins. His is definitely a collection worth showing off, and one to be proud of.



Friday, 4 October 2013


Just picked up an interesting numbered HB stein that is different from other HB steins I have in my collection or have seen before. I am not sure the exact age of the stein, but I would hazard a guess that it is most likely from the 1880's. The number on the lid of the stein is number 65. The stein is a 1/2 Litre in size, and does not feature the typical etched HB on the body of the stein, but has the trademarked HB logo on the lid. What is most interesting about the stein, is the lid. The lid has the HB logo with the crown above, which places the stein at 1879 or later, which is when the logo was trademarked, but rather than bearing the typical Kgl. Hof-braeuhaus Muenchen script around the logo. It simply says Hofbraeuhaus Muenchen. What is unique to this stein is also that is also has the words SCHUTZ MARKE as part of the logo. This is something that is unique and that I haven`t seen before on an antique HB stein. This leads me to believe that this stein could possibly be from shortly after the logo was trademarked, and before they included the Kgl. Hof-Braeuhaus Muenchen as the script around the logo. At this point I am just hypothesizing about the age, but intrigued to find out more about the stein and its age.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Article Sheds Light on the Origin of Marked HB Steins

Recently I came across an interesting article titled: Der bayerische Masskrug und das bayerische Bier, written by Siegfried Rübensaal. The article title translated is The Bavarian Beer Stein and Bavarian Beer. It delves into the history of Bavarian steins providing valuable insight and information on the steins of a number of Bavarian breweries. What I found that was of particular interest to me was the section of the article that talked about the transition of the standard unit of measure from the Bavarian Mass to the Litre, and also, the bits of the article that talked specifically about HB steins. Although HB steins were not the focus of the article, it there were was a very interesting piece of information that I was not aware of before. Siegfried stated that the Hofbraeuhaus began mark their steins on the body by etching in the HB around 1860. Previously I had been aware that HB marked steins pre-dated the transition from the Bavarian Mass to the Litre, but had know idea how long before. This valuable piece of information indicates that there was roughly a 10 year period where HB steins could have been manufactured with the Bavarian Mass rather than the Litre. In the article there was also a picture of one such stein (above). The picture was not of high enough resolution to get a good look at the measure markings, or detailed features of the stein, but it nonetheless gives a glimpse as to what an HB stein from the 1860's looked like.
The article is written in German, but with the use of Google Translate, much of what is written is understandable. The article is a good read and valuable resource for information for those interested in Bavarian steins, especially brewery steins. Check it out. If anyone reading this knows of a means to conatct the author of the article; Siegfried Rübensaal, please e-mail me at the address provided on the blog. I would like to get in touch with him to ask him further information about the pictured stein, and any other knowledge he might have about early HB steins.