Stein Marks © is an independent site which has been created and will be maintained "free to view" for the benefit of all Stein Collectors. It lists all names Alphabetically, By Location and also attempts to list By Category. In addition, there is a "Logo Identification" page, which helps you identify your stein, even if there is no recognisable name or initials. Where you see an underline, that is an indication there is a live link, either to an associated page or document in Stein Marks, or to an alternate site holding further information.
My initial vision for Stein Marks was for an on-line, colour photograph based, version of Les Hopper’s previous work. However the flexibility of the web allowed me, very quickly to expand that original concept. To engage new followers to the hobby, I have added sample steins or lids, so that they can easily view the richness and vast variety of the pieces available. With Locations and Categories I hope to help the research possibilities for more serious collectors. I am also slowly adding company and personal histories, in which I have attempted in most cases to utilise the contents of contemporaneous documents supplied to me, rather than rewrite more modern publications. Language has been, and still is my biggest problem; however I have gained many friends along the way who are willing to help where necessary. This project has taken me to places I never expected to go, requiring me to study political, commercial, social and cultural history, demonstrating where for instance, Europe has been torn apart and reformed over the centuries and includes the diaspora of more than one ethnic group; together with the geography of two continents.
In 2010 I received the annual Service Award from Stein Collectors International (SCI) for the establishment of Stein Marks. Then in 2012, I was extremely gratified when Stein Marks was further appreciated, with SCI's premier annual award; the title of "Master Steinologist". Stein Marks is not just the work of one man. It would have got nowhere without the help and assistance of many people both inside and outside the stein collecting community. Therefore I have dedicated this award to all those people who have helped with both photographs and the results of their research. Without them it would never have happened. Stein Marks will always be a work in progress, so I look forward to collaboration with an even wider cross-section of stein collectors in the future.
Never, when I started Stein Marks seven years ago, did I appreciate the size it would grow to, now approaching 1000 pages. I am not sure how much larger it will grow, but judging by the amount of information and number of new names and photographs being sent on a weekly basis, then clearly I have a long way to go. I do appreciate all the help I have be given over the past years. I have made many new friends from all over the world, and I look forward to making many more.
Chris Wheeler, Worcestershire, United Kingdom. 5th February 2016