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What is a Regimental Stein?

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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.


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