HISTORY OF THE WORLD'S BEER COASTER (MAT)
The first world beer coasters (''mats'') were designed for decanters or wine bottles, so that they
could be slid ("coasted") around the dinner table after the servants had retired. In use from after 1760,
early coasters took the form of a shallow tray or dish made of wood, papier - mache, silver
or silver plate. In 1880, the first beer mats (coasters)made of cardboard were introduced by the German
printing company, Friedrich Horn. In 1892, Robert Sputh of Dresden manufactured the first beermat
(coaster) made of wood pulp.