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Sunday, 11 May 2014


By the eighteenth century, coasters were being made to prevent the highly polished tables of the wealthy from being damaged whilst drinking. They were made usually of wood or metal, with a base of cloth or felt. When the port was served a ritual was followed where once a guest has filled their glass, the bottle was placed on the wooden or metal object and slid, or coasted, clockwise to the next person on their left, thus giving the name “coaster”.

In 1880, the first beermats made of cardboard were introduced by the German printing company, Friedrich Horn.

In 1892, Robert Sputh of Dresden manufactured the first beermat made of wood pulp.Watney brewery introduced them to the United Kingdom in 1920 to advertise their pale ale.

Coaster Factory and Canada Coaster, based in North America, and The Katz Group, based in Weisenbach, Germany, produce approximately 75% of the estimated 5.5 billion beermats in the world, including about two-thirds of the European market and 97% of the US market.

Tegestology is a term coined from Latin (teges, -etis covering, mat) defined as the practice of collecting beermats or coasters, with practitioners known as tegestologists.

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