Wurstfest Silver Anniversary Anniversary Stein (1985)

Producer: Opa's Haus, body by Lindner Porcelain, Germany

Sizes: .5 Liter

Edition Size: 400 steins

Artist: Werner Gossel

Lid: Pewter

From the Book, 25 Years of Wurstfest Mugs: "When we decided to issue a stein to commemorate Wurstfest’s 25th anniversary, we couldn’t decide whether to do it in 1985 or 1986. The first Wurstfest took place in 1961, so the 1985 Wurstfest would be the 25th annual. However, 1961-1986 sounds more like 25 years. So we decided to introduce the stein in 1985 and make it available through at least 1986. It was not one of my better decisions! We ordered 300 of the steins for delivery in 1985, which promptly sold out, and another 100 in 1986, which did not (the last were sold in 1994). Moreover, some of our customers misunderstood and thought our edition limit was 300. The Wurstfest Silver Anniversary Stein was produced by Lindner Porzellan KG, a small firm in Küps, Bavaria, which makes expensive hand-decorated porcelain ware in the Meissen tradition. It features a wonderful lithophane (bottom picture in porcelain) of the Wurstfest Opa, a heavy pewter lid, and profuse use of real platinum (to create the silver design on the stein). Werner Gossel, then export manager and now owner of Lindner, did the design himself. Original price for the stein was $125—low for the overall quality. An equivalent new piece as this was written would sell for about $350. Within the overall 400-piece edition, there are two varieties caused by manufacturing mistakes. Variety I has a lithophane other than the Wurstfest Opa, and Variety II lacks the text on the front of the stein. There are relatively few examples of either of these varieties in existence; I seem to recall there being 20-25 steins delivered without the text...and less than that with the wrong lithophane." --Ken Armke

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