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During the period 1850-65, pewter fittings were reduced to small diameter hinges, lids made of thin rings holding glass or ceramic inserts and fragile thumblifts.
From 1875-1914, less expensive steins (stoneware and glass) had fancy pewter lids and thumblifts, while the more expensive ones (like Mettlach) were still made with ceramic inlaid lids.
Pewter was the material of choice in some areas of Europe, especially England.
Glass, porcelain and silver steins were introduced several hundred years ago.
A shortage of tin and pewter during WWI and WWII, caused many steins to be made with nickel-plated metal lids.They usually have a glorified conical shape and a finial (a figural representation or common design at the top), and feature detail and handwork.Consists of a pewter rim, a pewter flange (lip), and a stoneware figurine or ornament inlaid in the center.Around the same time, techniques to improve earthenware by raising the firing temperature of clay, created stoneware.Thus, there was a presence of stoneware drinking vessels with attached pewter lids for the next 300 years.