1989 Dated Wurstfest Mugs & Lidded Steins

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

Sizes: .5 Liter

Edition Size: 2500 total made, stoneware bodies. There were 2200 .5-liter mugs (1100 cream with brown bands, 1100 gray with blue bands) and 300 lidded steins (150 cream with brown bands, 150 gray with blue bands).

Artist: Lowell Davis

Lid Figurine Artist: Lowell Davis

From the Book, 25 Years of Wurstfest Mugs: "When he was again asked to do the Wurstfest design for 1989, Lowell Davis, whom we handn't thought to bother with such a request, surprised us. 'I'll do it,' he said, 'if I can also do the figurine for it.' Delighted, we readily agreed. The resulting coyote figurine was produced for us from Lowell's original sculpture by Lance International in Massachusetts. It's made from cold-cast resin materials and is hand-painted. In 1989, we again bumped the stein edition up another 50 pieces while dropping the mug edition by a like amount. However, the pattern of the preceding years continued. The stein sold out and more than doubled in value within a year. The mugs had not sold out as this was written more than five years later. Issue prices were $15 for the mug and $60 for the stein." --Ken Armke

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