1980 Dated Wurstfest Mugs
Producer: Opa's Haus, bodies by Gerz and Wick-Werke of Germany
Sizes: .5 and 1 Liter sizes produced
Edition Size: 2240 total made, stoneware bodies. There were 1404 .5-liter mugs (876 cream, 528 gray) and 836 1-liter mugs (all gray).
Artist: From the Gerz factory in Germany (Pelzel?)
From the Book, 25 Years of Wurstfest Mugs: "For the first time in 1980, we turned over all production to the German manufacturer. As seems to happen periodically in the series, the 1980 edition was beset with problems, some minor and some not so minor. One of the biggest problems was uncovered only in the course of doing research for this writeup. It had to do with the one-liter mugs. Against our order for 654 one-liter mugs, our German supplier (Gerz) actually shipped 836. Creating more problems was the fact that Gerz farmed out production of the one-liter mugs to a neighboring company, Wick-Werke. The Wick-Werke mugs were shorter and lighter than the previous one-liter mugs in the series, and, even worse, were all made in gray--this at a time when our sales of one-liter mugs was running almost two-to-one in favor of the cream mugs! The mistake also increased the overall 1980 edition from the intended 2000 pieces to a total of 2240 pieces. Needless to say, the 1980 mugs were around for awhile, especially in the one-liter size. The year 1980 is the first, however, for which we have an actual record showing the breakdown of mugs by size and color. Artwork for the mug--also below standard for the series in many opinions--was the result of Gerz's offer to have one of its artists do the design. The artist may have been Pelzel, who later executed and signed the 1982 design. Despite all of its problems, the 1980 mug commands a respectable price on the secondary market and trades regularly. Original price of this issue was $9.52, with the one-liter mug selling for $12.38." --Ken Armke
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