Seek out steins that retain their original decoration or figural shape that are in good condition.
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Look for pieces with no dents, cracks, chips, or repairs.
Since beer steins were functional objects used regularly, it is difficult to find examples in pristine or mint condition.
The teapot and sugar are in excellent condition, no chips or cracks, some stained crazing on the base of the teapot and clean crazing on the sugar.
Take your pick of four pretty ladies from the stunning Crystal Ball collection from Royal Doulton.
The charger measures 11 1/2" across, has the original wire hanger, and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing. Magnificent large Doulton Burslem bowl in the Nankin pattern, c1900, blue white and gold floral interior, 10" across not including the handle and 5" high, in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or crazing.
Geometric hand painted jug by Royal Doulton, a steady hand would have been required for this pattern!
When assessing the value of a beer stein, those examples that suggest historical information about a town or event via the decoration or imagery on the stein command big bucks.
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Some steins hosted military insignia or battle scenes. And, there were many steins that put forth German phrases about fellowship and patriotism.