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Osiris

The OSIRIS factory was founded in 1899 by father Friedich August Scherf ( 1839-1922)
and son Walter Scherf (1875 –1909). It was called the “ Metallwarenfabrik Fur Kleinkunst
Walter Scherf & co" in Nürnberg
The factory was very small. In the beginning they had two polish machines, three grinders,one lathe and an 8 PK steam machine.
Before Walter Scherf became head of OSIRIS, he worked at the firm ORIVIT, until 1899 .
He took some workers with him and some ideas .
From 1899 until 1909 the factory produced 1300 items .They outnumbered the firm KAYSERZINN with some 300 items . The firm developed a new sort pewter in 1902:
the so-called “ISIS” metal. It was more expensive to buy, but not better in quality.

The firm worked with great designers
such as : Peter Behrens
Joseph Maria Olbrich
Josef Hoffman
Friedrich Adler
Bruno Paul
Josef Wackerle
Hermann Gradl
Hermann Friling
Lorenz Hofelich
Richard Riemersmid
And of course " Walter Scherf "

They had won several prizes :
certificate of honour in Turin( 1902)
Gold medal of Konig-Ludwig Price (1902)
Gold medal in ST Petersburg (1903/1904)
First and second prize in St. Louis, USA (1904)
Gold medal in Cape town South Africa (1904/1905)
Gold medal in Chistchurch New Zealand (1906/1907) and many certificates and honor medals

In the year 1906 they changed the name OSIRIS to “ISIS Werke Gmbh. kunstgewerblicher Erzeugnisse”
Because of bad management the firm was almost bankrupt and sadly in the year 1909 Walter Scherf took his own life. The end of “OSIRIS” –“ISIS” was in 1909
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The marks of Osiris

Items in our collection

OSIRIS beaker 0501

date : 1899 /1900

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS” 501 stamped

height : 3.6 inch / 9.5 cm
Ø 1.5 inch / 4.0 cm

Osiris Vase 0517

date : 1899 /1906

designer : Hermann Gradl

marked : “ISIS” 517 stamped

height :12.5 inch / 32 cm

OSIRIS vase with Zsolnay ceramic 0519

date : 1899 /1902

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : Osiris 519

height :8.5 inch / 21.4 cm

OSIRIS pewter and Zsolnay ceramic flower vase 0520

date : 1900 - 1901

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : marked with Osiris 520

height : 7.0 inch / 18.0 cm

OSIRIS mirror 0521

date : 1902 / 1904

designer : Friedrich Adler

marked : “OSIRIS” 521

height : 12.0 inch / 30.0 cm

OSIRIS ashtray 0528

Date : 1903

Designer Walter Scherf

Marked : “ISIS” 528

Ø : 5.5 inch / 14 cm

OSIRIS jewel tray 0529

date : 1899/ 1900

designer : Hermann Gradl

marked : “OSIRIS” 529

length : 9.0 inch / 22.0 cm
width : 6.5 inch / 16.0 cm

OSIRIS ash tray 0532

OSIRIS ash tray
date : 1900 / 1902

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS” 532 “ISIS”in a quadrangle

length : 5.1 inch / 13 cm
width : 3.7 inch / 9.5 cm

OSIRIS biscuit jar with Zsolnay Majolica 0538

date : 1899/ 190 0

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS” 538 stamped

height : 7.0 inch / 18.0 cm
Ø : 6.0 inch / 15.0 cm

OSIRIS tray 0546

date : 1899 /1900

designer :Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS” 546

length :11.0 inch / 28.0 cm
width : 3.0 inch / 7.5 cm

note this dish is gilded