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Orivit

ORIVIT
The ORIVIT – AG was founded in 1894 as “Rheinische Broncegieserei fur Kleinplastiken ”
in Koln-Ehrenfeld by Wilhelm Ferdinand Hubert Schmitz ( 1863-1939 ).
From 1896 they began with the making of luxury items the so called ORIVIT metal
(89,85% pewter 7,9 % antimony 1,9 % copper 0,12 % silver )
In 1900 the factory changed its name to
”ORIVIT –AG fur Kunsthandwerkliche Metalwarenfabrikation” .In 1901/02 they built a new factory in Köln- Braunfels
and began with a revolutionary new press “the Huber –Presverfahren”
The factory has won several prizes: in Paris the gold medal at the world exhibition of 1900<
in Dusseldorf in 1902 at the” Industrial Design Exhibition” And at the exhibition in
St Louis (USA) 1904 they won 2 Grand Prix prizes and 1 gold medal.
In 1905 the total financial collapse was a fact and the “Wurttembergische Metalwaren Fabrik” (WMF) bought ORIVIT . They produced items with the name ORIVIT until 1914.
In 1906 the designs from the “Metalwarenfabrik ORION” became ORIVIT
.The founder Georg Friedrich Schmitt (1856-1925 ) of ORION became the director in Köln.
The designers of ORIVIT were:

Hermann Gradl (1869-1934)
Georg Grasegger
Walter Scherf (1875- 1909)
Vicor Heinrich Seifert
Johann Cristian Kroner (1838-1911)
Georges Charles Couldray
Theo Blum

The marks of Orivit

Items in our collection

ORIVIT catalogue

date : 1906

This original catalogue from 1906 is in 5 languages ( German, French, English , Italian and
Spanish )
It also contains the price list

size : 12.5 x 9.5 inch / 32.0 x 24.0 cm

Orivit beaker Schmitz Edelzinn

date : 1897 /1898

marked :SCHMITZ ‘EDELZINN’

height : 5 inch /12.5 cm

Ø : 3 inch /7.5 cm

Orivit beaker 2009

date : 1898

marked : ‘orivit’ 2009 and germany

note: the beaker was gilded

height :7.5 inch /19 cm

width (with ears ) 6.5 inch /16.5 cm

ORIVIT visiting card tray 2025

date :1900

marked : ‘orivit’ no number but is 2025

designer : Hermann Gradl

length : 9.8 inch / 25 cm
width : 10 inch / 25.5 cm

ORIVIT bottle stopper 2029

date : 1901

marked : ‘orivit’ no number but is 2029

height : 3.2 inch /8.0 cm

ORIVIT bonbon box 2071

date : 1901

marked :’orivit’ nr. 2071

Ø : 3.0 inch / 7.5 cm

ORIVIT beer beaker 2109

date :1904

marked :O.A.G.”orivit” 2109

height :5.2 inch /13 cm
Ø :2.8 inch /7.4 cm

ORIVIT cake / fruit tray 2111

date : 1902

marked :”orivit” 2111

length : 13 inch / 33.2 cm
width : 9.4 inch / 24.2 cm

ORIVIT fish serving tray 2110

date :1900

marked : Orivit 2110

designer : Hermann Gradl

length : 24.0 inch / 62.0 cm

ORIVIT butter dish 2126

date : 1903

marked :”orivit” 2126

Ø : 4.5inch / 11 cm
height : 3.5inch / 9 cm