Gambrinus Advertising Beer Stein, ca. 1880
Appraised Value: $2,000 - $4,000 (1997)
$6,000 - $8,000 (2012)
IMAGE: 1 of 3
Appraisal Video: (2:17)
Toys & Games
Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
APPRAISER: Tell me about this wonderful beer mug you brought in today.
GUEST: Well, this was my grandmother's, and she had it over the kitchen sink on a shelf, and she'd always put her string in there.
GUEST: When she'd go to the bakery and get a cake or something, it was always wrapped in paper with string, and that was the jar she stuck her string for future use.
APPRAISER: And you don't know where she got it.
GUEST: No, I don't know where she got it.
APPRAISER: Well, it's a wonderful thing. I see we have an original maker's label in here, where it was made in New York City. This dates from around 1880.
APPRAISER: And these were made to be on display behind a bar to advertise the beer. In this case, Gambrinus Lager Beer.
APPRAISER: And it has a reverse-on-glass applied label. This is a curved piece of glass, actually painted on reverse and then applied to the mug. Most commonly you find bottles, like a liquor bottle would say the name of the brand of liquor, and it would have a beautiful label on it. It's very rare to see a beer stein advertising beer with this reverse-on-glass. And it's a wonderful image of King Gambrinus, who is the patron saint of beer. When I looked in the side here I saw another little label, a little paper label with "50" on that.
GUEST: Oh, I was going to have a garage sale, and I put prices on a couple things I had, but I never had the garage sale. I wish I'd been at that garage sale.
APPRAISER: Because I'll tell you, you know what this is worth?
GUEST: Haven't the faintest idea.
APPRAISER: Between $2,000 and $4,000.
GUEST: Oh, go on.
APPRAISER: Yes. So you have a real, real treasure here.
GUEST: $2,000 to $4,000?
APPRAISER: Yes. At an auction where you had some real competition, you could certainly bring $2,000 to $4,000. And who knows? Maybe a little more.
GUEST: I can't believe it.
APPRAISER: Take good care of it.
GUEST: Well, thank you.
This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.