1988 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 2250 .5-liter mugs (1125 cream with brown bands, 1125 gray with blue bands) and 250 lidded steins (125 cream with brown bands, 125 gray with blue bands).

Artist: Lowell Davis

Lid Figurine Artist: Edwin Breiden

From the Book, 25 Years of Wurstfest Mugs: "For the 1988 Wurstfest Mug, Lowell Davis reverted to the cartoon quality that had made the 1985 and 1986 issues so popular. And Opa's Haus made a slight adjustment in the edition limits to provide for 50 more lidded steins. Overall production remained at 2500 pieces for the third successive year. The stein design produced another piece of trivia. For the first time, the lid figurine was sculpted specifically to match the stein decor. The sitting pig atop the stein was again done by Gerz master Edwin Breiden. Original prices were $13.95 for the mug and $60.00 for the stein. Lowsell Davis made a personal appearance at Opa's Haus during Wurstfest 1988, and many of the 1988 mugs and steins can be found with his personal signature on the bottom. The stein again sold out well before the mug, and this is reflected in its comparatively high secondary market value." --Ken Armke

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