A tankard is a form of drinkware consisting of a large, roughly cylindrical , drinking cup with a single handle. Tankards are usually made of silver or pewter , but can be made of other materials, for example wood , ceramic or leather. Tankards are shaped and used similarly to beer steins. The word "tankard" originally meant any wooden vessel 13th century and later came to mean a drinking vessel. A year-old wooden tankard of approximately four-pint capacity has been unearthed in Wales.
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My customers should go first to steincollectors. Whether made from porcelain or pottery the Regimental Beer Stein was the symbol of patriotic loyalty to the fatherland, or to a regiment from one of the various lands in the German empire. Military service was originally for men 17 to 45 years of age. The tour of active duty was 3 years for Calvary and Navy, and 2 years for others. Upon completion of their active duty these men became reservists. It is the reservists and not the professionals who carried souvenirs such as steins, pipes, flasks, beakers, cups, swords and many other items.
Marks found on the bottom of German beer steins help collectors identify the company or artist and date of manufacture. Collectors should also examine the underside of stein handles for marks. The material used to manufacture the stein can also help identify the beer stein's age. Find the beer stein mark Carefully examine the stein to find identifying marks. Look for incised marks impressed into the clay as the stein dried or ink marks stamped on the stein afterwards.
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