Until recently, a group of five honey-toned figurals from one factory were confused with the steins made by Schierholz & Sohn because the honey-toned coloration is similar to that used by Schierholz. Since the figurals listed below are generally unmarked, their origin is uncertain.
When the name G. Bauer, Arzberg turned up on a character stein, research uncovered little information. A copy of an early Keramos Address Book listed Bauer's name in connection with an Arzberg factory called Carl Auvera. It appears that G. Bauer gained control of this firm for a brief time, which might be the reason their name and this city have appeared on this and possibly other porcelain character steins. If they had been in control for a long period, it is likely that more than five characters would have been made.
Character collectors have become accustomed to calling these steins Bauer steins, so this is the name used throughout this book. Until further information becomes available, the assumption will be that Bauer was responsible for these figurals.
MATERIALS & COLORATIONS
All five known Bauer character steins are made of porcelain, and each has been documented to exist in both the honey-toned colors and in full color (see figure__). None were made with a lid rim, so the design flowed continuously from body to lid. No lithophanes were used in any Bauer figurals; the bases are always concave and carry a high glaze.
Four of the five Bauer character steins only came in the ½ liter size while the fifth is available only in the one-liter size. Sometimes the liter mark is present as a fraction on the interior of the stein (see fig. ___).