Vintage Hamm’s beer bear decanters



2015-06-26 10:32:19

Vintage Hamm’s beer bear decanters are collectible items of breweriana advertising.

According to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition, “vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.


Established in 1865 in Minnesota, US, the brewery quickly became one of the largest in the state.

It is currently owned by MillerCoors.

The company is perhaps best known for its Hamm’s beer bear mascot.

Introduced in 1952, the bear played a major role in the company’s advertising during the subsequent decades, alongside the ubiquitous advertising jungle.

Hamm’s beer bear collectibles are much sought after today and appear in a range of guises, including figurines, ashtrays and decanters.

Vintage Hamm’s beer bear decanters

Vintage Hamm’s beer bear decanters were produced during the early 1970s. Just over 11 inches tall, they were made in Brazil by Ceramarte.

Depicting Hamm’s beer bear, the figurine's head unscrews, enabling liquid to be stored.

Some rare limited edition versions feature the bear wearing a blue suit with red-and-white waistcoat.

How much are vintage Hamm’s beer bear decanters worth?

Good condition vintage Hamm’s beer bear decanters can sell for around $40 at internet auction sites.

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