Stein Mug or so-called Beer Stein with pewter lid is a traditional German product, first appeared during the Black Death plague, mainly to prevent flies and bugs entering beverages as people believed they help spread a disease.
In the second half of the 19th Century, manufactures found advantages of using different types of materials. Stoneware would be used more for Stein Mugs that have to be carved, as mold was easy to shape. Glass would make production easier and quicker, while porcelain would be used for "character mugs", as they would be very easy to shape depending on characters they are representing.
Nowadays Stein Mugs are very integrated in German culture, and are mainly used as decorative pieces, collectibles or souvenirs. Made in different shapes, decorated with many color layers and even with carved pewter lids, they represent different parts of Germany and its culture.
Stein Mugs - King
KING WORKS are situated in the Westerwald (Western Forest) of Germany, near the Rhine and Koblenz (the ancient Roman town of Confluentia) as well as the famous Limes (the fortified Roman border).
In the very first centuries after Christ, you will perhaps find the oldest roots of potters' tradition in the area. Backed by generations of experience in finest craftmanship, KING-Steins are mostly based on designs of antique originals.
The KING-Collection of Old German, Bavarian, Austrian and Tyrolian Steins, Tankards and Mugs offers you a choice of the most original and skillfully designed products available.
The trademark KING guarantees the most authentic quality to all friends of genuinely handcrafted and handpainted German Steins.
Stein Mugs - Zöller und Born
The family owned company Zöller & Born was founded in 1956 by Alois Zöller and Werner Born.
To follow up the long tradition in the Westerwald area they started production of beer steins of high quality which are created with great care of genuine stoneware. The complete development of new models is realized by highly talented designer artists employed with the company.
All relief steins, the speciality of Zöller & Born, are handpainted and have a valuable pewter lid to make them attractive collector's items. Zöller & Born supplies beer steins worldwide into more than 30 countries.