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Kayserzinn

The Rhenish firm “Leuconide Metalware Factory and trading Company J.P Kayser and Son in Krefeld- Bockum was known for its progressive style and was the leading factory of making pewter in the period 1894-1912.

The firm’s workshop was situated in Krefeld-Bochum and was under the direction of Jean Kayser. The design studio was set up in Cologne in 1894 by Engelbert Kayser (1840-1911).

He was the “father of Kayserzinn”.
Among the artist employed full-time in the design studio were:

Hugo Leven(1874-1956),
Karl Geyer (1858-1912)
Hermann Fauser(1874-1947)
Karl Berghof(1881-1967).
Hans Stoltenberg-Lerche (1867-1920)

Another outside designer was Professor Johann Cristian Kroner(1838-1911) a Dusseldorf painter of hunting-scenes
The hunting motifs in relief are found on several dishes that were so popular at that time. They were based on his designs. Also a French artist Jean Garnier was the designer of several items.The Kayserzinn firm received generous recognition at home and abroad in a short space of time
They received a Gold medal at the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, another Gold medal at the First Exhibition of Modern Art in Turin 1902 and carried off a similar prize at the
German-National-trade Exhibition in Düsseldorf.
Finally they received a Gold medal at the ST.Louis Universal Exhibition in 1904(U.S.A)
J.P Kayser and Son had around 400 workers in 1898. In 1900, 500 founders alone were working for the firm. At the time of the Paris Exhibition the work-force reached 800 workers
After 1904 there was an economic decline ,and after 1906 the staff of the Cologne design-studio was reduced and also the pewter production.
The price of pewter was extremely unsteady.The artistic significance of Kayserzinn died with the death of Engelbert Kayser in1911.
Kayserzinn object are numbered from the (fictitious) number “4000” onwards and with the word”Kayserzinn”
All objects are marked this way ,either in a circular or oval frame,or horizontally.
The number ,4000 , was introduced in 1894/5 the last number 4999 was produced in 1925.
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The marks of Kayserzinn

Items in our collection

4200 kayserzinn crumb scoop

kayserzinn crumb scoop
date :1898 /1900

designer : unknown

marked :kayserzinn 4200 in oval

length :11 inch /28 cm
scoop : 5.4 x 3.2 inch / 14 x 8 cm

4205 Kayserzinn watering can

Kayserzinn watering can

date :1898 / 1900

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : Kayserzinn 4205 in a circular

lenght : 10.5 inch / 26.0 cm

4220 kayserzinn jug

kayserzinn jug
date :1898 / 1900

designer : H. Stoltenberg-Lerche

marked :kayserzinn 4220 stamped

height : 7.5 inch / 19.0 cm

4224 kayserzinn rinse bowl

kayserzinn rinse bowl
date :1898 /1900

designer : unknown

marked : kayserzinn 4224 in a circular

Ø 5.5 inch / 14 cm

4234 kayserzinn soap dish

kayserzinn soap dish
date : 1898 / 1900

designer :Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4234 in a circular and a nr 15 stamped.

height : 2.3 inch / 5.0 cm
Ø : 6.7 inch / 17 cm

4239 kayserzinn sauce boat

kayserzinn sauce boat
date :1898 / 1900

designer : Hugo Leven &Karl Geyer

marked : kayserzinn 4239 in a oval

length : 9.8 inch / 25 cm
height : 3.6 inch / 9.5 cm
width : 5.0 inch / 12.5 cm

4246 kayserzinn coasters

kayserzinn coasters
date :1898 /1900

designer : unknown

marked : kayserzinn 4246 in a circular

Ø : 4.2 inch / 10.7 cm

4256 Kayserzinn inkstand

Kayserzinn inkstand
date 1898 / 1900

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4256 in an oval

lenght : 12.5 inch / 34.0 cm

4260 KAYSERZINN serving tray

KAYSERZINN serving tray
date : 1898/1900

designer : Hugo Leven

marked :KAYSERZINN 4260 in a circle

Ø : 13.5 inch / 39.5 cm

4264 Kayserzinn tray

Kayserzinn tray
date 1898 / 1900

designer : Hugo Leven

marked : kayserzinn 4264 in a oval

lenght : 10.0 inch / 25.0 cm