This stein has piqued the curiosity of its owner and the mayor as to its origins and what era it might be from.

The mysterious stein

A beer stein with Fort St. James on it is the subject of some interest at the local District of Fort St. James office.

She found it in a thrift shop.

In south Vancouver, in a Salvation Army Thrift mart, the New Westiminister resident discovered a beer stein with a crest and the name Fort St. James on it.

The unique piece of Fort St. James vintage caught the woman’s eye, and not only because her stepson, Jeffrey Lovell, was living in Fort St. James at the time.

In fact, she herself had been to Fort St. James a couple of years ago to visit Lovell, who works for the district office.

She had spent a bit of time in the community, and had expressed her frustration there were so few options for purchasing souvenirs with the name of the community on them.

So when she found the stein, she felt like she had hit the jackpot, and she bought it and gave it to Lovell a coupled of months later, to prove there at least used to be someone producing local memorabilia of some kind.

But the mystery of the stein is not yet solved. No one who knows the origins of the stein has yet come forward, and so the story was suggested by Mayor Rob MacDougall himself, in the hopes someone in the community might still know when or where the stein was made, and for whom.

The stein has the words “made in the USA” and “decorated in Canada” on its base, and 22K gold leaf.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Lovell.

The stein has been sitting on Lovell’s shelf since he returned with it, but he would like to find out the mug’s history.

Was it a Royal Canadian Legion special creation? Was it perhaps the work of some enterprising craftsman who wanted to sell something for passing tourists to remember their visit by?

If you know whence the stein came, please email: newsroom@caledoniacourier.com or call 996-8233 weekdays.

Just Posted

More B.C. ambulance service needed in the North: Hospital chief of staff

Fort St. James physicians talk about the need for easier access to healthcare

Broken axle caused New Hazelton train derailment: TSB

It could happen again without a different way to inspect trains

Cullen remains uncertain about political future

Says he’ll make decision in early March

Terrace resident’s bill banning single-use plastics introduced in Ottawa

MP Nathan Cullen’s presented Ben Korving’s private member’s bill Wednesday

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

Junior Team Canada brings home gold to B.C., again

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

B.C. skip Sarah Wark and team eliminated at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Nontheless pretty impressive stuff from the 24th-ranked team in the country

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Most Read