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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 inkwell 2529

date : 1904

marked : not marked but is 2529

width : 4.0 inch / 10.0 cm

ORIVIT little vase 2560

Date : 1904

marked : “orivit’ 2560

height : 4.2 inch/ 11.0 cm

ORIVIT vase with Villeroy & Boch ceramic 2564

This giant vase is a exhibition piece
and has probably stood at the Paris world exhibition in 1900.

Date : 1900

Designer : Hermann Gradl

marked : “Orivit’ 2564

height : 30.0 inch/ 76.0 cm

ORIVIT spoon 2585

date : 1903

marked : ORIVIT, Germany but is number 2585

length : 7.5 inch / 18.5 cm

ORIVIT breakfast set 2643-2645

date : 1906

marked : “ORIVIT” tray2645
egg cups 2643
salt cellar 2644

length tray: 9.0 inch / 23.0 cm
width tray: 5.0 inch / 13.0 cm

ORIVIT waiter 2683

date :1904

marked : “orivit” 2683

length :12.6 inch / 32 cm
width : 9.3 inch /23.8 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

Orivit belt buckle

date : 1902 /1903

marked : OAG

width : 3.1 inch / 8.0 cm

Orivit belt buckle 13530

date : 1910

marked : Orivit 13530

height : 2.5 inch / 7.0 cm