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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, comprar cialis, 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 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 visiting card tray 0856

date : 1902 / 1904

designer : Hermann Gradl

marked : “OSIRIS” 856

length : 9.0 inch / 22.5 cm

OSIRIS belt buckle with glass stones 0894

date : 1902 /1903

designer : Walter Scherf

not marked but is Osiris 894

length : 4.0 inch / 10.0 cm
width : 1.5 inch / 4.0 cm

OSIRIS oil and vinegar set 0933

date :1903 /1904

designer : Walter Scherf

marked : “OSIRIS” 933 Isis

width : 9.0 inch / 22.0 cm

OSIRIS candlesticks 0948

date : 1903

designer : Walter Scherf

marked :”ISIS” 948 “OSIRIS and one NH
mark of the Nurnberg handwork art
This design was made during the
Richard Riemerschmid course of the
Bayerische Gewerbemuseum

height : 11.5 inch /29 cm

OSIRIS coaster 0964

Date :1903

Designer : Walter Scherf

Marked: OSIRIS 964 ISIS

Ø : 3.4 inch / 8.7 cm

OSIRIS coaster 0966

date : 1903

designer : Richard Riemerschmid

marked : “OSIRIS” 966 ISIS

Ø : 4.5 inch / 12.0 cm

OSIRIS belt buckle 0973

date : 1902 /1903

designer : Rudolf Bosselt

marked : not marked but is number 973

Ø : 1.8 inch / 4.6 cm

OSIRIS butter dish 1090

date :1903 /1904

designer : Lorenz Hofelich ( Berlin)

marked : “OSIRIS” 1090 stamped

Ø : 8.5 inch / 21.5 cm
height : 5.0 inch / 12.5 cm

OSIRIS coffee cup and saucer 1091

date :1903 /1904

designer : Lorenz Hofelich ( Berlin)

marked : “OSIRIS” 1091 stamped

width : 7.0 inch / 18.0