is a Regimental Stein?
Beginning and advanced stein collectors have
often asked this question. The true conception of the regimental
stein was a result of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). More
authentic versions also appeared up until World War 1. The study
of regimentals is a study of Imperial Germany. Following the
conclusion of the Franco-Prussian War, the newly organized Imperial
German Armed Forces was broken into six basic land divisions,
plus the Navy. These were Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Technician
Troops, Colonial Guard and the Military Supply Train. With the
introduction of early aircraft such as the dirigible around the
turn-of-the-century, the Air Force stein was born.
Military service was compulsory and deemed
one of honor. The successful completion of a reservist's active
duty was a milestone worth commemorating. Since many types of
steins were available to the reservist, competition to supply
him with his choice and decorated to his individual specifications,
rapidly became a primary goal of the German stein industry. Therefore,
we define regimental (or reservist) steins as any stein purchased
by (or given to) a soldier (sailor, etc.) commemorating his termination
of active duty and his entrance into the reserve.