• Sodas/Beers
Lot 457


Estimate: $80 - $120
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$0 $10
$200 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
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$10,000 $1,000
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$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

ROBERT PORTNER BREWING CO., ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA ADVERTISING GLASSES, LOT OF THREE, comprising a 4" H slightly tapering example featuring silver transfer print "ONE GLASS / Portner's / HOFBRAU / BEER." with printed "Table" and "Tea" measurements below and gilt rim decoration, and two stemmed ale examples, embossed "R. PORTNER BRG. Co. / ALEXANDRIA. VA." with diamond to center having "TIVOLI" to interior. 1883-1916. 6 3/4" HOA.
Catalogue Note: Robert Portner emigrated from Westphalia, Prussia to New York in 1853. By 1859, he was able to open his first liquor store in Manhattan. The start of the Civil War brought business in New York to a halt, so by 1861, Portner decided to try his luck in the grocery business in Alexandria, closer to bustling Washington, DC. After establishing himself in the city, Portner and some business partners started a new venture, brewing their own beer. The name Portner & Company was born in 1862. After the war's conclusion, Portner & Company was dissolved and the Robert Portner Brewing Company was formed. The company saw continual success after its formation, becoming one of the leading brewery and distributors in the southeastern United States over the time it was in business. Robert Portner passed away in 1906. His sons carried on the business until 1916, when Prohibition took effect in Virginia.


Undamaged; measuring glass having some minor wear to transfer, especially measurement print, and moderate wear/loss to gilt rim decoration.

Collection of the late Al and Billy Steidel, Alexandria, VA.