How to Identify Authentic German Beer Steins?
A growing number of people these days are very keen with the items that they buy from stores. They have to find out whether or not they are authentic. It can spell disaster for those who are very conscious about the most authentic products. In this article, you will learn more about how to identify a real German beer stein. Most of our customers always ask us how they can identify the authentic ones from imitation ones.
One of the biggest giveaways of fake German beer steins is being very cheap. The reason why they are cheap is because they are not handcrafted, they are not made by a German nor are they hand painted by a real German stein artisan. A German beer stein that is created by a real German stein artisan can be very costly, not to mention the place that they created the stein is located somewhere almost far away from the major cities. However, this is only a general perception. Some German stein artisans these days are living right next to major cities to cater to their patrons.
First and the easiest place to identify a German beer stein is by looking at the bottom of the stein itself. German beer steins dated way back in 1887 in Germany has the written words “Merchandise Marks Act of 1887”. This said act is that any products with this markings were exported directly from Germany itself. It may show “Made in Germany” or simply “Germany”. In some cases, the mark may state “Gemacht in Deutschland”. This is a law that was established only with exports, so if they were made for local or the domestic market, the mark will not be there. So there is still the possibility that the beer stein could have been made in Germany by a real German artisan. If the mark says made in other countries, then it is not a German beer stein.
The next one to take a look at is the lid. A real German beer stein comes with a lid that is either complementary or the same to the painting and design of its own stein. It can be highly detailed and decorated unless it is a very old creation that has a thumb lift to it. In the recent years, there are only quite a few of those that are made with the thumb lift. It is mostly made with some sort of metal like the pewter. Inside the stein and lid are usually lighter in color that gradually changes its color onto the outside since it is usually kept close most of the time that it does not oxidize as quickly as it is. If the beer stein is displayed with an open lid, then it may look like it has the same shade. Normally this does not happen since the lid is always kept closed. In some places, especially in homes, the German beer steins are used for decorations, so the lids are always closed.