Q&A on Collecting
Beer tankard set was made for brewery
Q: I have enclosed a photo of a tankard and two matching mugs that I have owned for a long time. Each piece is marked with a crown and the words “Sterling China.” They are also marked with the name “C. Heurick.” All three pieces are decorated with the same image of a man with a feather in his hat, a pipe and a tankard in his hand. The background fades from pale yellow at the top to a reddish-brown at the bottom. The tankard is approximately 14-inches tall and each mug is 6-inches tall. They are all in mint condition. I am curious about their provenance and value for insurance purposes.
A: Sterling China Company made your ironstone beer tankard set. They have been located in East Liverpool and Wellsville, Ohio, since 1917. They have made hotel china, dinnerware for the United States Armed Forces and commercial china for airlines, restaurants, steamship and railroads. In the early 1900s, beer tankard sets were popular and were often decorated with transfer prints of monks and men drinking. Your tankard set was made for the C. Heurick Brewery located in Washington, D.C., thus the “C. Heurick” signature. Your tankard set was made around 1917 and the insurance value would probably be $1200 to $1800.