For those of you that have some experience with German beer steins, you already know to display them, with the lids down. Many owners did not think of the aging process when they displayed their old steins with the lid up and the damage it could do. By keeping the lids closed, the interior of the steins will have a reduced amount of oxidation that could occur.
All steins are manmade and will age. With this understanding you should preserve your German beer steins the best possible way. The ultimate would be to place them in a vacuum sealed container to slow the aging process, but this is really unpractical... [click headline for more]