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ANIMALS
TIERFIGUREN
Bruckmann & Söhne - Heilbronn Bruckmann & Söhne - Heilbronn Bruckmann & Söhne - Heilbronn
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik: 1805-1973
Bruckmann & Söhne - Heilbronn Bruckmann & Söhne - Heilbronn Bruckmann & Söhne - Heilbronn




SILVER ADVERTISEMENTS

FACTORIES, PLANTS, SALESROOMS, SHOPS AND WORKSHOPS: OLD IMAGES


HISTORY AND FLATWARE PATTERNS
Gladenbeck O. G.m.b.H - Friedrichshagen b. Berlin Gladenbeck O. G.m.b.H - Friedrichshagen b. Berlin
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik
Kallmeyer & Harjes - Gotha Kallmeyer & Harjes - Gotha Kallmeyer & Harjes - Gotha Kallmeyer & Harjes - Gotha
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik
Kallmeyer & Harjes - Gotha Kallmeyer & Harjes - Gotha

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Kaltenbach Karl & Sohne - Altensteig/Württemberg Kaltenbach Karl & Söhne - Altensteig/Württemberg Kaltenbach Karl & Söhne - Altensteig/Württemberg
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik: founded 1870 as Karl Kaltenbach (1845-1924). Became '& Söhne' in 1895, renamed "Auerhahn" in 1951. From 1995 a division of WMF
Kaltenbach Karl & Söhne - Altensteig/Württemberg Kaltenbach Karl & Söhne - Altensteig/Württemberg Kaltenbach Karl & Söhne - Altensteig/Württemberg
Kraus & Bilz Inhaber Max Richter - Lichtenstein - Callnberg / Sa. Kraus & Bilz owner/inhaber Max Richter - Lichtenstein - Callnberg / Sa.
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik
Schmidt-Staub & Co - Pforzeim Schmidt-Staub & Co - Pforzeim    out of business c. 1985
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Schmidt-Staub & Co - Pforzeim
Dresdner Kunstgewerbe Boehme und Hennen G.m.b.H - Dresden Dresdner Kunstgewerbe Boehme und Hennen G.m.b.H - Dresden
mark used by Ignatius Taschner "Gesetzlich Geschützt"/"Protected by Law"
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Dresdner Kunstgewerbe Boehme und Hennen G.m.b.H - Dresden
Kayser Engelbert - Köln Kayser Engelbert - Köln Kayser Engelbert - Köln Kayser Engelbert - Köln
Kayser pewter is a synonym for exceptionally high-quality Art Nouveau pewter ware. Engelbert Kayser (1840-1911) -an art dealer, entrepreneur and ambitious artist residing in Cologne- founded a trademark of the same name in 1894. His aim was to lead the still historically characterised fine pewter of his parents foundry in Krefeld, now managed by his brother Johann Peter Kayser, into the Art Nouveau era. He employed the sculptors and artists Hugo Leven, Karl Geyer, Johann Christian Kröner, Hermann Fauser and Karl Berghof. The high formal and material quality of Kayserzinn was awarded gold medals at the World's Fair in Paris in 1900 and in St. Louis in 1904, as well as in the epochal Turin exhibition of Applied Art in 1902.
Kayser Engelbert - Köln Kayser Engelbert - Köln Kayser Engelbert - Köln
Schwarzwald Industrie G.m.b.H. - Freiburg i. Br. Schwarzwald Industrie G.m.b.H. - Freiburg i. Br.
Arts and Crafts workshop / kunstgewerbliche Werkstätte
Schwarzwald Industrie G.m.b.H. - Freiburg i. Br.


Vereinigte Silberwarenfabriken, Wolf & Knell - Hanau Vereinigte Silberwarenfabriken, Wolf & Knell - Hanau
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Kurz Karl - Kesselstadt Kurz Karl - Kesselstadt
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik: manufacturer of ancient style "Hanau silver" (see more about HANAU silver )
Kurz Karl - Kesselstadt Kurz Karl - Kesselstadt Kurz Karl - Kesselstadt
Kratzner J. - Hanau Kratzner J. - Hanau
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik
Kurz J. & Co - Hanau Kurz J. & Co - Hanau Kurz J. & Co - Hanau
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik: manufacturer of ancient style "Hanau silver" founded by Johann Sigmund Kurz (1818-1888) (see more about HANAU silver )
Kurz J. & Co - Hanau Kurz J. & Co - Hanau
Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG - Geislingen a. Steige Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG - Geislingen a. Steige Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG - Geislingen a. Steige WMF - Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG - Geislingen a. Steige
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik:
HISTORY AND FURTHER MARKS

Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG - Geislingen a. Steige Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG - Geislingen a. Steige Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik AG - Geislingen a. Steige
Gierling Emil - Solingen Gierling Emil - Solingen
Silverplate flatware maker / Versilbertes besteckfabrik
Gierling Emil - Solingen
Waldmann Ad. - Pforzheim Waldmann Ad. - Pforzheim
The company's history began 1918 in Pforzheim, the traditional German metropolis of jewellery in the Black Forest, as a production facility for high class push action and twist action pencils, made from gold and silver. Subsequently, Waldmann developed and manufactured fountain pens and ball pens made from metals such as brass, silver or 18 carat gold. Waldmann writing instruments with special twist mechanisms for 2 and 4 colour pen systems achieved worldwide patents. For the first time, this masterstroke was honoured on the occasion of the world exposition in Paris in 1937, namely with a silver medal for a 4 colour twist action pencil. Further patents succeeded, amongst others for the legendary &Two-in-One& in 1972. This push action ball pen had an ink cartridge incorporated in the barrel, and at the same time, the pen's other end could be used as a fountain pen.
Kühn Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Kühn Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Kühn Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd    ANCIENT ADVERTISEMENTS
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Founded in 1860 by Johann Stanislaus Nepomuk Kühn. His sons Emil and Gustav Kühn succeeded to their father as Gebrüder Kühn. In 1914 a third generation takes over the business: Max Kühn and Gustav Kühn jr. (dead c. 1940). After the death of Max (1918), Karl Veit entered as partner managing the firm enlarged up to 300 employees. After his death (1953) two sons of Karl, Werner and Rolf Veit, acquired the full property of the company from the Kühn family achieving great success from the collaboration of designer Karl Dittert (1959). In 1984 Sonja Quandt takes over the management of the company simplifying production on high-end and quality products. The firm is now active under the style Gebr. Kühn Silbermanufaktur GmbH & Co. KG
Kühn Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Kühn Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Kühn Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Kühn Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd
Hahn Karl C. & Co - Berlin - Neuköln Hahn Karl C. & Co - Berlin - Neuköln
Silverplate flatware maker / Versilbertes besteckfabrik
Hahn Karl C. & Co - Berlin - Neuköln
Bek Ernst Gideon - Pforzheim Bek Ernst Gideon - Pforzheim
Ernst Gideon Bek was born on the 18th April 1872 at Pforzheim , he served his apprenticeship with the Rothacker company in Pforzheim, and then at the companies Kinzinger in Pforzheim and Baer in Hanau. In 1896, he served as General Manager to the Pforzheim jewelery industry at the World Exhibition in Chicago. He set up his own business in 1897 and quickly established branches in Birmingham , Paris , Toronto , New York City , Newark and India. In 1899 he married Emilie C. Binder, the daughter of German emigrants, in America, and no doubt this is where the connection with Binder Brothers stems from (Emilie's brother, Lawrence O. Binder, was one of the three partners of Binder Brothers.) . Between 1897 to 1914 Bek travelled to America on more than 100 occasions. After returning from a trip to Italy in July 1932, Ernst Gideon Bek suffered a stroke, from which he never fully recovered. In 1934, he passed the business to his two sons Wesley, born 1903, and Orville Sigfrid, born 1909. The brothers reformed the company as EG Bek & Co.KG
Bek Ernst Gideon - Pforzheim Bek Ernst Gideon - Pforzheim Bek Ernst Gideon - Pforzheim


Tappe Wilhelm - Burgdorf b. Hannover Tappe Wilhelm - Burgdorf b. Hannover Tappe Wilhelm - Burgdorf b. Hannover
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke AG - Schwerte i. Westfalen Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke AG - Schwerte i. Westfalen
Silver and Silverplate maker / Silber und Metallwarenfabrik
Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Esslingen A. Nahe Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik: HISTORY AND FURTHER MARKS

Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich: old advertisement Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich: old advertisement Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich: old advertisement Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich: old advertisement Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich: old advertisement Berndorfer Metallwarenfabrik A. Krupp AG - Berndorf / Österreich: old advertisement
Ehrhard & Söhne G.m.b.H - Schwäbisch Gmünd Ehrhard & Söhne G.m.b.H - Schwäbisch Gmünd
Silver and Silverplate maker / Silber und Metallwarenfabrik
Ehrhard & Söhne G.m.b.H - Schwäbisch Gmünd
Argenta G.m.b.H - Düsseldorf Argenta G.m.b.H - Düsseldorf
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik
Bahner Fr. AG - Düsseldorf Bahner Franz - Dusseldorf Bahner Franz - Dusseldorf Bahner Fr. AG - Düsseldorf
Bahner Franz - Düsseldorf
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik: active 1895-1962. Succeeded by Mansfelder Silber in 1917    
MORE ABOUT FRANZ BAHNER
Bahner Fr. AG - Düsseldorf Bahner Franz AG - Düsseldorf
Deyle Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Deyle Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Deyhle Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Deyhle Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Deyhle Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Deyhle Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd Deyhle Gebrüder - Schwäbisch Gmünd
Meyle & Mayer - Pforzheim Meyle & Mayer - Pforzheim
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
jugenstil jewelry and enamel works c. 1900
Meyle & Mayer - Pforzheim
Vietor E.L. - Darmstadt Vietor E.L. - Darmstadt
Silverware maker / kunst-objekte der silber bijouterie und silber kleinkunst     active c.1890-c.1910 at Wilhelminestr. 7, Darmstadt. Owners Ludwig and August Vietor.
Vietor E.L. - Darmstadt Vietor E.L. - Darmstadt Vietor E.L. - Darmstadt Vietor E.L. - Darmstadt Vietor E.L. - Darmstadt
Eickhorn - Solingen Eickhorn - Solingen
cutlery maker / besteckfabrik
Eickhorn - Solingen Eickhorn - Solingen


Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A. Wellner Söhne AG. - Aue i. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik August Wellner & Söhne Ag - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik August Wellner & Söhne Ag - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik August Wellner & Söhne Ag - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik August Wellner & Söhne Ag - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik August Wellner & Söhne Ag - Aue i. Sa. A. Wellner Söhne AG.Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik - Aue i. S.    OLD ADVERTISEMENTS
Founded in by Christian Gottlieb Wellner (1795-1857). He had six children, amongst them two brothers, the elder one, Carl August (1824-1909) and the younger one, Christian Gottlieb junior, who was born in 1831. Both became silver plate manufacturers and settled in Aue, but Carl was much more successful. Carl August continuously struggled for the expansion and technical innovation of his business. The starting point of Wellner's world class machinery was the acquisition of a spoon roller mill and a new spindle press. In 1870 he acquired the building of "alte Langmühle" (old long mill) in Aue. In 1887 the "full-time" tradesman Karl Krause from Leipzig was hired as a sole distributor of the entire new-silver production. Formally a branch of August Wellner's company was founded in Leipzig, which was headed by Krause. In practice, however, this was a "one-sided treaty". Wellner delivered all his products to Krause at fixed prices and Krause sold the products at arbitrary prices. In 1892, Karl August Wellner formally transferred the management of his factory to two sons: Ernst Albin and Richard Paul, and daughter Ida Marie, but still retained his personal guidance until 1895. His successor was Paul Gaedt (husband of Ida Marie), who played a major role in the successful continuation of the factory business after his retirement. In 1913 Gaedt accomplished the conversion of the former private company into a stock corporation Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik August Wellner Söhne Aktiengesellschaft (AG), or Saxon Metal Goods Factory August Wellner and Sons joint-stock company. In 1936 Paul Gaedt transferred the management of the company to the former chairman Francis Cramer. Gaedt retired and soon had to accept that the cutlery factory Wellner partially produced war products and therefore was expropriated by the end of the Second World War. After the end of World War II the Aue factory continued to operate and soon became the largest cutlery producer in GDR, employing over a thousand people; however, the name of the company was changed again in 1958 to VEB Auer Besteck und Silberwarenwerke (ABS) or in English "Aue Cutlery and Silver Items Company". The company held this name until 1992, when it was changed back to Wellner Bestecke und Silberwaren, GmbH, Aue (Wellner Cutlery and Silver Items, Ltd., Aue). After the reunification of Germany (in 1989) the company passed through a number of mergers and bankruptcy. The silver-plating factory in Aue was closed in 2001, but manufacturing of cutlery under the Wellner mark is still continuing in neighbouring Schneeberg. The new name of the company is Wellner/ABS GmbH (Wellner/ABS Ltd.).
Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A. Wellner Söhne AG. - Aue i. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A. Wellner Söhne AG. - Aue i. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa. Sächsische Metallwarenfabrik A.Wellner & Söhne AG - Aue i. Sa.
Hessische Metallwerke Seibel Gebrüder - Ziegenhain Bez. Kassel Hessische Metallwerke Seibel Gebrüder - Ziegenhain Bez. Kassel Hessische Metallwerke Seibel Gebrüder - Ziegenhain Bez. Kassel
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik
Haastert Richard & Büll - Solingen-Wald Haastert Richard & Büll - Solingen-Wald
Silverplate flatware maker / Versilbertes besteckfabrik
Haastert Richard & Büll - Solingen-Wald
Fischer F. & R. AG - Göppingen Fischer F. & R. AG - Göppingen
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik
Fischer F. & R. AG - Göppingen
Fischer Oskar - Brackenheim i. Württemberg Fischer Oskar - Brackenheim i. Württemberg Fischer Oskar - Brackenheim i. Württemberg
Silverplate maker / Metallwarenfabrik
Fischer Oskar - Brackenheim i. Württemberg
Gerhardi & Cie - Lüdenscheid i. Westfalen Gerhardi & Cie - Lüdenscheid i. Westfalen Gerhardi & Cie - Lüdenscheid i. Westfalen Gerhardi & Cie - Lüdenscheid i. Westfalen Gerhardi & Cie - Lüdenscheid i. Westfalen
Founded in 1796 by Hermann Richard Gerhardi a pioneer of the production of brass and copper buckles. The portfolio was later expanded including tea and coffee services. The production facilities moved to Lüdenscheid in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1879, where the head office of the Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik GmbH is located still today
pewter and metalware factory / zinngießerei und metallwarenfabrik
Gerhardi & Cie - Lüdenscheid i. Westfalen Gerhardi & Cie - Lüdenscheid i. Westfalen
Makowerke G.m.b.H. - Mettmann Makowerke G.m.b.H. - Mettmann Makowerke G.m.b.H. - Mettmann
cutlery maker / besteckfabrik
Makowerke G.m.b.H. - Mettmann
Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof
Silverware maker / Metallwarenfabrik

Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof Berliner Metallwarenfabrik H.A Jürst & Co AG - Berlin - Adlershof
Gebr.Arndt GEBRA - Quedlinburg Gebr.Arndt GEBRA - Quedlinburg     founded 1870    ANCIENT ADVERTISEMENTS
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Gebr.Arndt GEBRA - Quedlinburg
Henniger & Co - Berlin Henniger & Co - Berlin Henniger & Co - Berlin
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Henniger & Co - Berlin Henniger & Co - Berlin
Straub S. + K. - Schwäbisch Gmünd Straub S. + K. - Schwäbisch Gmünd
Silverware maker / Silberwarenfabrik
Straub S. + K. - Schwäbisch Gmünd Straub S. + K. - Schwäbisch Gmünd
Menner Ernst - Stuttgart Menner Ernst - Stuttgart
silver maker and retailer/ Silbermacher und Einzelhändler
Menner Ernst - Stuttgart Menner Ernst - Stuttgart Menner Ernst - Stuttgart
Erbe Heinrich Adolf - Schmalkaden in Thüringen Erbe H.A. AG. - Schmalkalden Erbe Heinrich Adolf - Schmalkaden in Thüringen
cutlery maker / Besteckfabrik
Erbe Heinrich Adolf - Schmalkaden in Thüringen Erbe Heinrich Adolf - Schmalkaden in Thüringen


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