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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 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

OSIRIS bronzed pewter flower vase 0758

date : 1901 - 1902

designer : Rudolf Bosselt

marked : Osiris 758

height : 12.0 inch / 30.0 cm

Osiris bottle holder 0775

date : 1902

designer : Hermann Friling

marked : Osiris 775 Isis

Ø : 4.0 inch / 10.0 cm

Osiris salt cellar 0778

date : 1902

designer : Hermann Friling

marked : Osiris 778

width : 6.2 inch / 15.5 cm

OSIRIS candle stick 0811

Date : 1901 / 1902

Designer : Josef Wackerle

Marked: ISIS 811

lenght : 10.5 inch / 26.0 cm

OSIRIS flowerpot 0820

date :1901 /1902

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS” 820 stamped

Ø : 6.6 inch / 16.5 cm
with ears 13 inch / 33 cm

OSIRIS paper weight 0831

date :1901 /1902

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS” 831 and NH
mark of the Nurnberg handwork art
This design was made during the
Richard Riemerschmid course of the
Bayerische Gewerbemuseum

width : 4.0 inch / 10.0 cm

OSIRIS belt buckle 0843

date : 1902 /1903

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : Osiris 843 Isis

length : 3.2 inch / 8.5 cm
width : 1.5 inch / 4.0 cm

OSIRIS dish 0844

OSIRIS dish
date : 1901 /1902

designer : Hermann Gradl

marked “OSIRIS” 844

length : 10.5 inch /26.5 cm
width : 7.0 inch / 18 cm

note this dish is gilded

OSIRIS tray 0855

date : 1901 /1902

designer :Friedrich Adler

marked : “OSIRIS” 855 “ISIS” in a quadrangle

length :12.8 inch /32 cm
width : 4.5 inch /11.3 cm