St. Louis Silver Stein. With wood body, decorated with vine and floral silverwork cage. Interior of lid marked "St. Louis Silver Co, Quadruple. Patent Pending." As a result of the bubonic plaque and several invasions of flies throughout Europe, Germany established several laws in the early 16th century requiring all food and beverage containers be covered. By combining a lid, hinge, and thumb lift, these "German" containers could easily be opened and closed with one hand. Steins became very popular, and many different types of designs and decorations were artistically applied to them. Many stein-decorating styles and techniques were developed over the centuries, offering further diversity to this creative, historical, artistic, and ever-evolving gift item.
PERIOD: 19th CenturyORIGIN: Missouri, United States
SIZE: 7 1/2" x 12"