ARGENTOR-WERKE
RUST & HETZEL
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HISTORY AND MARKS
The origin of the firm dates to 1863 when Carl Adalbert Münchmeyer and Ernst Rust founded C.A. Münchmeyer & Co.
The firm was specialised in silver and gold plating metal objects through galvanic process.
Factories were opened in Berlin (managed by C.A.Münchmeyer), Vienna (managed by Ernst Rust and Adolf Wilhelm Hetzel) and Paris.
Argentor-Werke Rust & Hetzel, founded in 1902 and managed by Georg Ferdinand Rust and Adolf Wilhelm Hetzel, became one of the most important metalware manufacturers of Viennese Art Nouveau movement.
Production included not only silver cutlery, bowls, centerpieces, tea and coffee services, but also home furnishings such as frames, clocks, electric lamps, vases and flower holders.
Of particular interest were the frames manufactured by Argentor to mount the iridescent glass vases made by the famous Johan Loetz glass factory.
Johan Loetz iridescent glass vase with Argentor mount Johan Loetz iridescent glass vase with Argentor mount
The company was very successful and produced hundreds of models for worldwide export, obtaining the award of supplier of Austro-Hungarian Imperial House. Branches were active in Budapest and Brno.
Argentor-Werke survived WWII but continued to suffer increasing financial losses until the closure in 1970.
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ARGENTOR MARKS
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C.A. Münchmeyer & Co ancient advertisement Argentor-Werke ancient advertisement Argentor-Werke Vienna shop



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