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Bavarian Decanter & Shot Glass Set by Anheuser-Busch

24 Mar

Wunderbar! Who can resist such an adorable collection?! We were instantly drawn to this traditionally German-styled set by its beautiful coloring and detail. The artisan faux “aging” technique gives it so much rustic charm and character. That cobalt blue glaze is so lustrous, very eye-catching. 

This is one of those treasure hunt finds that starts out as love at first sight based solely on appearances, but ends up completely surprising you with its degree of rarity, too. Some careful research shed light on the origin and process of this collection – what a gem!

Anheuser-Busch Ceramarte German Decanter & Shot Glass Set

This 7-piece collection was created exclusively for Anheuser-Busch / Budweiser as a LIMITED EDITION promotional set in 1976. It includes a highly-detailed decanter with cork stopper and six matching shot glass cups in traditional Bavarian styling.

Everything in this set is made of thick, quality ceramic and is hand painted. All pieces feature a wonderful raised design, adding great texture!

Each piece is highly stylized, crafted with a rough paint technique in brown on the exteriors, creating a faux “aged” effect.

The center imagery on both sides of the decanter (boy and girl kissing on the front, a floral spray on the back) features a striking, deep cobalt blue glaze background.

The six matching cups are each adorned with the same costumed figures – three cups with the girl, three cups with the boy.

Truly a colorful, fun, quaint little set to own – whether for decorative purposes in the home bar, or for functional use. Definitely an eye-catching conversation piece!

This collection is in great vintage condition. No chips, cracks, or structural damage found to any piece. We’ve gently cleaned this set prior to listing, and as you can see, the brown “aged” appearance is artist-applied, NOT dirt or wear. Clean interiors on all pieces. No signs of past use (other than display, perhaps) found.

The set was created as a limited edition promotional product for Anheuser-Busch / Budweiser in 1976 by Ceramarte, Brazil. It is completely hand painted, and all pieces bear the signature logo backstamp of Ceramarte.

The decanter is marked “Coracao” stamped in the mold. Model number (as identified in collector’s catalogs) is CS31, part of the “Early Years” collection.

Own this amazing vintage Anheuser-Busch collector’s set today! Have a peek through our shop for other rare vintage collectibles, too!


A Day At The Races

1 Feb

Treasury time! What a fun collection! Our miniature retro shot glass mugs have been featured among the cool finds in this interesting theme!

‘A day at the races!’ by poppyandpurl

















The Berghoff Chicago

25 Jan

Last week, we listed an amazing set of authentic restaurant ware from The Berghoff in Chicago. Picking and selling vintage is always a learning experience full of interesting information and history, and we feel this set deserves a little extra recognition!

Do you know The Berghoff?

If you’re from the Windy City, this name is likely very common to you! The Berghoff Restaurant is one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks and brings some very unique history to the table.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commonsvia photographer David K. Staub.

Located right smack in the center of Chicago’s Loop at 17 West Adams Street, The Berghoff has built its long-standing, iconic image on its original-label beer brand and authentic flavors in the German cuisine niche.

Pioneered and developed by German immigrant Herman Berghoff, the restaurant was opened in 1898 – just five years after Herman debuted his family-recipe beer to the city at the Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893.

The Berghoff Restaurant itself actually began life as a bar, and during the prohibition period, it survived by marketing a non-alcoholic beer (now known as Berghoff’s Root Beer) and becoming a full-service restaurant. When prohibition was repealed in 1933, The Berghoff was issued Chicago’s very first liquor license (No. 1).

Another interesting historical aspect of The Berghoff lies in the segregation practices of the era. Until 1969 – long after most other restaurants and bars ended gender segregation – The Berghoff remained a men’s-only bar. This changed when members of the National Organization for Women held a sit-in at the bar, demanding service.

The Berghoff was slated to close in 2006, but descendants of Herman Berghoff continued to operate a small basement cafe afterwards. A few months later, The Berghoff Bar was back up and running, and the operation is now back to full-service restaurant status.

According to Wikipedia, in 2007, ‘The Berghoff reopened with a new menu. It’s now considered German cuisine fused with Contemporary American, tagged as “tradition with a twist.”‘

Recently, we came across this incredible set of vintage Berghoff restaurant ware on our treasure hunting adventures, and it was simply too good to pass by! We are now offering it up for sale in our Etsy shop, One Rusty Nail.

I’m fairly confident in saying that you won’t find another set like this very easily. Sometimes you’ll be lucky to find a single piece here or there, but very rarely such a complete centerpiece serving collection as this. Read on for more information directly from our listing page:

 “A perfect addition to your Berghoff collection, or perhaps a unique gift for the Chicago native! This listing includes everything as pictured, all in very heavy duty, thick, quality ceramic. Stunning bold contrast of black, white and red. Hard to find pieces, offered here in an instant collection!

In excellent used condition, the only noted flaw is some chipping and wear damage to the inside of the cream pitcher’s lid, as shown. This damage is not visible on the outside, and does not affect the usability or visual quality of the set. No other chips, cracks, paint wear, or flaws noted. The glaze is lustrous and glossy, with no crazing found.

Each piece, with the exception of the cream pitcher, is marked with “The Berghoff Chicago” scripted logo. There are no other manufacturer’s markings. The exact age and origin of this set is unknown. We’ve done a lot of searching for background information on these pieces, and the closest we’ve come to knowing is estimated circa 1970’s, possibly earlier.”

For more information, click here to visit the complete listing page.

Munich Octoberfest

27 Sep

Treasury time! Our vintage rainbow beer steins have been featured in this great Etsy treasury! Almost time to break out the lederhosen and dirndl!

‘Munich Octoberfest’ by twoknit