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Beer Stein

Beer stein, c. 1864, Johann Wilhelm Remy, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, Earthenware, Gift of Louis B. and Eleanor Deane Swan Audigier, 1934.1.748.

This beer stein is shaped and colored to resemble a barrel or beer keg. Inscribed in black in a beige banner opposite the handle is Wohl bekomm’s! (“Cheers!” / “To your health!).”

Many companies began producing steins in the nineteenth century, and most collector steins available on the market were made in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. By the late 1800s, many of the novel and fanciful steins were imported to the United States for collectors, including this one, made by the famous J.W. Remy pottery firm.