Catalog No. 56
Porcelain, figural, 0.5L.
Produced in both full-color and honey-toned versions.
Historians aren’t completely certain how the character “Uncle Sam” was created. The prevailing theory is that Uncle Sam was named after a meatpacker named Samuel Wilson. During the War of 1812, Wilson provided large shipments of meat to the U.S. Army in barrels stamped “U.S.” Supposedly, someone suggested in jest that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam” Wilson, leading to the idea that Uncle Sam symbolized the federal government.
Reproductions of this stein, both in full-color and honey, some with markings similar to the originals, were made by Schierholz from about 1986 to 1995. More recently, pottery (as opposed to porcelain) reproductions were sold by Domex/Gerz. With respect to the latter, see What is it — German or Chinese?.
Reproduction (full-color): $200-$300
Reproduction (honey): $150-$225
Domex/Gerz reproduction: $35-$50