How do you identify beer steins from Germany?


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Beer steins from Germany can be identified by looking at the bottom, the lid, the interior, the exterior and the handle of the stein. It must have a "Gemacht in Deutschland" (made in Germany) label at the bottom, so buyers should beware of any stein lacking this mark.

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Old Germany beer steins usually have metal lids decorated to complement the color of the stein. They also have lithophane decoration, or hand-painted pictures, at the bottom. Steins that feature a nude body or any other provocative design are not real antiques. Old German steins don't have bumps on the handle, while the new steins do; however, the absence of a bump is not a guarantee of an old German beer stein.

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