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Ediruc
Monday, November 30th, 2009, 03:23 AM
My grandfather bought these steins when he was stationed in Western Germany after WWII. Passed them down to my dad, and I'm next in line to get them :thumbup

http://forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=102746&stc=1&d=1259551248

http://forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=102747&stc=1&d=1259551248

http://forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=102748&stc=1&d=1259551248

Hauke Haien
Monday, November 30th, 2009, 08:34 AM
http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/images/25744/1_Reichsadlerhumpen_1599_Getty_Center.jp g

http://forums.skadi.net/photoplog/index.php?n=3519

The German word is 'Humpen' (beaker) or, more generically, 'Krug' (jug). 'Steinkrug' means that it is a jug made of stoneware (ceramic).

We never call it 'Stein'; I suspect that the expression was coined by American occupation troops unfamiliar with the concept of compound nouns.

On the other hand, 'Ma▀krug' is usually shortened to 'Ma▀', because that is also a unit of measurement, comprising 1,069 litres in Bajuvarian tradition. Commercially, it has been changed to exactly 1 litre.

SpearBrave
Monday, November 30th, 2009, 10:00 AM
Those are very nice(both post) do you use them on a regular basis or are they more for ornamental purposes?

I have a few other questions about them such as are they hand carved or molded and hand painted?

What is the history of the tradition of having them?

So many of them I see look like they were made for the tourist trade, but every now and then I see really nice ones. What is the diferances?

Ediruc
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, 12:49 AM
Those are very nice(both post) do you use them on a regular basis or are they more for ornamental purposes?

I have a few other questions about them such as are they hand carved or molded and hand painted?

What is the history of the tradition of having them?

So many of them I see look like they were made for the tourist trade, but every now and then I see really nice ones. What is the diferances?

Both! We use them for Oktoberfest (just to give a more "authentic" feel considering my location.) And as ornamental.

I'm not sure to your second question. And I don't think now I will ever find out, considering my grandfather passed away even before I was born :~(

They haven't been in the family very long, so I'm going to help with the history by passing them on to my children, and just hope they'll do the same :thumbup

Oh, and I'm not sure to your last question. I've seen all sorts of steins (forgive me for using that word again) when I go up to Salvang in the Santa Ynez Valley. I've seen huge metal ones, painted molded ones, ect... but I just kinda assume you use them for both drinking and ornamental purposes (unless drinking with them would be unwise!)

Hope those answers help!