Excellent condition with the exception of one chip at the base. A ceramic restorer can easily repair this chip. The majority of authentic German regimental beer steins were produced between about 1890 and 1914. During this time, military service was compulsory in Germany. Most men would take basic training between 17 and 20 and then enter the reserves until age 40.
A group of men would enter a unit together, stay in the same unit for training and be discharged as a unit. Many souvenir items were available such as pipes, clocks, flasks and especially steins. Rosters of names from your unit, or regiment, could be added to the steins and these became known to collectors as regimental steins.
Regardless of what the stein was made of, almost all had pewter lids. The most common sizes are half-litre and one-litre. The beginning of WW I effectively ended the production of regimental steins as labor and materials were diverted to the war. A lot of reproductions of regimental beer stein have been made.
This stein has all the features and characteristics of an authentic, original regimental beer stein. I do not see any of the usual signs of a reproduction stein. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Breweriana, Beer\Drinkware, Steins\Lidded Steins\Germany". The seller is "davidgrant777" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.