One of the reasons I love this blog is I love antiques and collecting but never get around to really researching more about what I have in my home. I collect because I love the aesthetic but this blog drives me to look closer and I am learning so much more about things I admire. A good example is a beer stein that belonged to my grandfather. I cherish the stein as it reminds me of grandpa but I looked a little closer today and saw that the mark is Villeroy and Boch.
The mark clearly identifies this as a Villeroy and Boch stein even thought it is not a common mark used by the factory. The lid and handle are pewter. The hand painting is under the glaze. These elements all lead to the date of the mug from between 1888-1894.