1976 Dated Wurstfest Mugs

Producer: Opa's Haus, bodies by Gerz of Germany

Sizes: .5 and 1 Liter sizes produced

Edition Size: 1750 total made on gray, cream and salt-gray earthenware bodies. No breakdown was kept by size or color. (Note: The salt-gray version, uncommon, is shown in photo on this page.)

Artist: Composite by Ken Armke

From the Book, 25 Years of Wurstfest Mugs: "Huge changes were made with the introduction of the 1976 Wurstfest Mug. Opa’s Haus was now Opa’s Haus Inc. The edition was again given a tremendous increase—from 1000 total mugs to 1750. And, most importantly of all, Opa’s Haus began conducting an annual series of open houses for members of the Wurstfest Association. In 1976 and succeeding years, we would present a free Wurstfest mug to each member attending our event. The importance of the open houses is this: Prior to 1976, almost all Wurstfest mugs left the vicinity of New Braunfels to be spread across Texas and, indeed, the nation. Since 1976, on the other hand, many mugs have remained in New Braunfels. This situation, naturally, creates a central source of supply for secondary market mugs and explains why post-1975 mugs are generally so much easier to come by than are pre-1976 mugs. Despite this, the 1976 mug sold out very quickly and has always been popular and active in the aftermarket, usually selling readily in the $100-plus range when offered. Original price was $6.95 for the half-liter and probably $8.95 for the one-liter. The 1976 mug was the last which was partially produced in salt-gray, and very few of this color were made." --Ken Armke

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