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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 ashtray 0570

date : 1899 /1900

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS” 570 stamped

Ø : 5.0 inch / 12.6 cm

OSIRIS pewter and Zsolnay ceramic vase 0577

date : 1900 - 1901

designer : Bruno Paul

marked : “OSIRIS" 577

height : 10.0 inch / 25.0 cm

OSIRIS vegetable dish 0580

date :1899 /1900

designer : Friedrich Adler

marked : “OSIRIS” 580 stamped

Ø : 7 inch / 18 cm

OSIRIS bowl 0609

date : 1900/ 1901

designer : Friedrich Adler

marked : “OSIRIS” 609 stamped

length : 9.4 inch / 24 cm
width : 7.0 inch / 18 cm
height : 1.8 inch / 4.5 cm

OSIRIS vase with blue/green stones 0636

date : 1900/1901

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS" 636 and NH
mark of the Nurnberg handwork art
This design was made during the
Peter Behrens course of the
Bayerische Gewerbemuseum

height : 6.0 inch / 15.0 cm

OSIRIS pewter and Zsolnay ceramic vase 0642

date : 1900 - 1901

designer : Friedrich Adler

marked : Zsolnay marked with 642

height : 6.0 inch / 15.0 cm

Osiris cordial glasses 0648

Osiris cordial glasses
date : 1901

designer : Friedrich Adler

marked : Osiris 648

height of glasses : 4.5 inch / 8.5 cm

OSIRIS inkwell with Zsolnay ceramic 0650

date : 1899 /1902

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : Osiris 650

height : 3.5 inch / 9.0 cm

OSIRIS candle stick 0694

Date : 1900 / 1901

Designer : Friedrich Adler

Marked: OSIRIS 694

lenght : 5.5 inch / 14.0 cm

OSIRIS flower dish 0733

date :1902 /1903

designer : Friedrich Adler

marked "Osiris" 733

length : 12.0 inch / 31.5 cm
width : 3.5 inch / 9.0 cm