Description: Pottery, figural, 2.25L.
Manufacturer: Villeroy & Boch, Mettlach (Germany)
Production Quantity: 1000
Created by Mettlach artist Jo van Zundert, this stein provides a figural representation of Mettlach’s “Old Tower”, complete with a liberal sprinkling of monks and nuns. The tower itself dates back to the 10th century and was part of a former Benedictine abbey. It is perhaps most well known today as the symbol of Villeroy & Boch’s Mettlach manufacturing facility.
A second, albeit unofficial, convention stein was presented to attendees during a scheduled post-convention tour stop at the Rastal-Werk factory in Höhr-Grenzhausen. A production run of 500 half-liter, ruby flashed, cut glass steins were made with the words “SCI Convention at Rastal 1978” engraved into the pewter lid.
The post-convention tour also included a stop in Munich and a “Streetcar Beer Party” where attendees were given another unofficial drinking vessel, this time in the form of a half-liter stoneware mug with transfer decoration.
Old Tower: $50-$70
Glass Stein: $35-$50