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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 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 letter opener 2168

date : 1902

marked : ‘orivit’ 2168

lenght 8.0 inch / 20.0 cm

ORIVIT mirror 2280

date : 1904

marked : not marked but is "orivit” 2280

height : 14.8 inch / 37.5 cm

ORIVIT wine server 2696

date : 1906

marked : “orivit’ 2696

Ø 6.0 inch / 15.0 cm

ORIVIT sugar basket 5166

date :1906

marked : O.A.G in a H nr 5166

height : ( with handle) 6.0 inch /14.5 cm
Ø : 3.8 inch / 9.0 cm

note the basket is in alpacca silver