Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
Palatine, IL, United States
DoneMon, Jun 17, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
Antique Beer Stein Auction
A fine selection of 17th Century through 20th Century Beer Steins and related items. Faience, Creussen, Westerwald, Annaberg, Glass, Mettlach, Regimental, Character, Occupation and more.
Auction & Auctioneer Information
June 10 to June 14, 2013, by appointment.
Terms & Conditions
THE STEIN AUCTION COMPANY Illinois Auction License: 044000119 & 041000152 TERMS OF SALE The manager determines the highest bidder & resolves any disputes. Merchandise is guaranteed as outlined below. The minimum acceptable bid is usually 50% to 80% of the low side of the estimate. A buyer?s premium (commission) of 20% of the selling price will be added to the winning bid. A sale at $500.00 will be billed $500.00 plus $100.00 (20%), for a total of $600.00. For payments made by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal there will be a 3% administrative fee. There are additional charges for shipping and insurance. Illinois residents will be charged Illinois sales tax. Illinois residents providing a signed resale certificate and a copy of their current resale permit are exempt from sales tax. Residents of other states who have their purchases shipped out of Illinois will not be charged Illinois sales tax. We guarantee the merchandise offered in this sale to be free of repairs or damage unless noted in the description of each lot. Please refer to the DEFINITIONS for terms used in this catalog for clarification of our terminology. Sizes may be approximate. Browning: See staining. Cameo: A raised decoration that is translucent. Chip: A piece of missing material, usually around .25? to .5? at the widest point, with some depth. The size can vary. Crack: An open line in the body, more serious than a hairline. Crazing: Very fine lines in the glaze that do not go into the material of the body. Dates: Items that do not have a date in the description can be assumed to be from 1880-1920s. Earlier and later dates will be specified in the description. Enamel: Painted decoration, usually on glass. Etched: A decoration that appears to be engraved. Factory flaw: A visible flaw or defect occurring at the factory when manufactured; not considered damage. We will mention factory flaws when they are visually distracting. Firing line: A factory flaw, separation of material when fired, generally small, tight lines with minimal depth. We will mention firing lines when they are visually distracting. Flake: A piece of missing material, usually around .25? at the widest point, with minimal depth. Fracture: A horizontal line at the top or bottom rim. The line continues through to the inside, forming a chip that has not broken away from the body. Gasthaus: A bar or inn that serves food. Glaze flake: A flake that penetrates only the glaze; see flake. Glaze line: A tight line that appears only in the glaze; it does not go through the body. See crazing. Good condition: Describing items that due to age or material are not generally mint. Includes factory production flaws and imperfections, normal wear, and minor abrasions and roughness. Better than normal condition for similar steins. Hairline: A very tight line in the body. Handpainted: Decoration done by hand, usually with a paint brush. Hinge: A device, usually pewter, that enables the lid to swivel open on a stein. Hinge ring: The hinge usually has five or three rings rotating around the hinge pin. Sometimes one ring is missing, usually the center ring in five-ring hinges. Generally the hinge ring will still operate without difficulty. Incised: A decoration that has been or appears to be engraved. Inlaid lid: A pewter (or metal) rim containing a ceramic, stoneware, pottery, porcelain or glass insert. Light wear: Wear to the colors caused by use. Visible, but not very distracting. Lithophane: Transparent porcelain scene in base of many porcelain steins. Lithophane lines: Tight lines frequently found in lithophanes, generally not distracting. Minor paint flakes: Very small flakes, less than 1/16? at the widest point, minimal depth. Minor pewter repair: A well-executed repair to a small area, such as a tear on the handle strap. Minor pewter tear: A tear that has not harmed the structural strength of the lid. Minor scratches: Visible scratches, noticeable, but not very distracting. Mint: In the same condition as it left the factory, with no more than normal indications of wear and with no seriously distracting factory flaws. Steins with pewter inscriptions are considered mint. Normal wear can be expected and will be described if we feel that it is distracting. If you need further clarification about the precise condition of an item, please contact our office. Mkd.: Marked. Paint flakes: A flake that penetrates only the paint; see glaze flake. Pewter lid: Most common type of lid, made primarily from tin. Pewter tear: Usually located where the lid attaches to the tang (rear of the lid); tears here are very common, frequently they are visible but not a structural problem. Print-over-glaze: A transfer decoration fired over the glaze. Probe: A mark found on Mettlach wares. A factory proof or sample. Sometimes found on items that were not put into production. Also found as just the letter ?P.? P.U.G.: Print under glaze, similar to transfer. Rare: Used to describe some Mettlach, Character and Regimental steins. Only a small number are known to exist, generally ten or less. When used to describe other types of steins, less than five are generally known to exist. Relief: A raised decoration. Scuffs: Minor scratches or wear on handle or base caused by normal use. Commonly found on glass or glazed surfaces. Shank: The pewter running from the handle to the hinge. Staining: A discoloration from use or over-firing. Often called browning when found on the inside of Mettlach steins. Will be mentioned in descriptions if we consider it distracting. Strap: The pewter band that wraps around the stein handle. Strap repaired: The pewter strap around the handle has been repaired by a pewtersmith. This usually occurs because the strap has become loose. Properly done, this type of repair is usually not detectable. If not otherwise described, these repairs can be assumed to be of excellent quality. Tang: The pewter running from the hinge to the lid. Threading: Thin raised lines that create a scene or design. Transfer: An applied decal type of decoration. Unusual: An item or style that is not normally found. Very good condition: Describing items that cannot generally be described as mint. This would include early faience and stoneware as well as items made from materials that are usually subject to more than slight wear. No serious damage, close to mint. Very rare: Very few known. For Mettlach, less than five, for Characters and Regimentals, one or two. Should you need additional information about an item in our auction, please contact us. If the condition is found not to be as stated, the item may be returned within one week of receipt, but not later than 30 days after the auction date. BIDDING INFORMATION The highest bid will be reduced to one increment over the next highest bid, or to the minimum acceptable bid, whichever is higher. In case of ties, the first bid received wins. We can accept contingent bids. That is to say, you can bid on numerous items and specify a limit. Contingent bids must be submitted by mail, fax, phone or email, they cannot be entered on our internet auction bidding site. We reserve the right to reject any bid. BIDDING INCREMENTS $5.00 up to $100.00. $10.00 from $100.00 to $300.00. $25.00 from $300.00 to $1,000.00. $50.00 from $1,000.00 to $2,000.00. $100.00 from $2,000.00 to $5,000.00. $250.00 from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00. $500.00 from $10,000.00 to $20,000.00. $1000.00 from $20,000.00 to $50,000.00. $5000.00 over $50,000.00. ESTIMATES Each lot description ends with an estimate. The purpose of the estimate is to give bidders an approximate idea of the value of each lot. Estimates reflect the normal low and high range that can be expected for the item. There is no guarantee that any specific lot will sell within the estimated range. You should bid whatever is the maximum that you are willing to pay. RESULTS - INVOICES Successful bidders, who have bid through the Live Auctioneer website or have provided an email address, will receive an email invoice. Successful bidders, who have not provided us with their email address will be mailed invoices. Payment is due 15 days following the date of the auction. Payments later than 30 days from the auction date are subject to late payment fees. Payment is due in U.S. Funds; checks must be drawn on U.S. Banks. German and other European customers can make their payments with Euros. SHIPPING CHARGES by FedEx Ground or U.P.S. (within the United States) Shipping charges include FedEx or U.P.S. charges, insurance, boxes, wrapping materials and all other related costs. When several items are shipped in one box, there will be a discount in the shipping charges. All items are shipped with signature-required. Approximate shipping charges: * .5L stein, 1.0L stein, beakers, small items up to 10" height, diameter or length: $16.00 to $22.00 * 2.0L to 5.0L steins, items over 10" height, diameter or length: $22.00 to $60.00. * Very large items: please inquire. Insurance: $1.50 per $100 value will be added to the shipping charges. Post Office: When shipment by U.S.P.S. is requested, the shipping costs will be significantly higher. Europe & other countries outside the U.S.A.: Please inquire for shipping rates. Export shipments will be sent without insurance. If insurance is needed, it must be specifically requested.
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