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.

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  1. I just got around to researching my Grandfather's stein. Mine is number 10184. Is it possible ours were made at the same time? That would be fantastic news.

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    1. It is very possible if the stein body and lid are of the same style.

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  3. Also, is it possible that someone made the lid at a later date, and that the mug was made earlier than the lid? Unsold, recycled mugs?

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    1. That possibly happened in some cases, but often they wouldn't save parts of the stein for the replacement. They would just have a new stein produced with the same number.

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