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BROCKWITZ Brockwitzer Glasfabrik AG, Brockwitz bei Dresden
Brockwitz was founded in Germany in 1903. The largest amount of high quality pressed glass items were produced during their golden era at their Ottendorf factory from 1915 up until 1929 when Brockwitz closed its doors temporarily due to financial difficulties. All of the Brockwitz pressed glass designed were highly innovative and distinct from those made by other glass companies of the era. The designs were bold and artistic going significantly beyond the merely practical, although Brockwitz produced many table times including bowls, compotes, pitchers, and tumblers, as well as lamp shades.
Due to the wars in Germany much of the documentation and many of the glass masterpieces were lost. However, Brockwitz did not produce exclusively for the Germany market and exported a significant portion of its wares to England, South America, and Australia where pieces are being discovered today. Most Brockwitz glass was sold in Germany. The greatest quantity of exports appears to have been to Argentina, and a wealth of Brockwitz items appear to be surfacing there today.
An American company, General Mortgage Credits Corp., New Jersey, effectively took financial control of Brockwitz in 1932, and it is not clear how long this relationship lasted. Production appears to have peaked during 1941 when Brockwitz issued a major catalogue of glasswares but then stopped entirely due to World War II. After the war ended, Brockwitz was nationalized by the German government. It continued operating up to 1990 although the pieces produced after 1941 are not well documented and much of the production shifted into simple clear as opposed to elaborately designed colored glass items.
Much of the Brockwitz glass in Germany is thought to have been destroyed in WWI and WWII and today Brockwitz glass items are extremely rare. The most prevalent color was Marigold Iridescent. Brockwitz did manufacture Vaseline Glass around 1915-1920 in its Diamond File and Kaktus (also referred to as "Matterhorn") and perhaps 2 or more additional patterns. At least 7 Brockwitz catalogs are still in existence and more is continually being discovered about Brockwitz.
For further information on Brockwitz, published materials involving extensive research include the books "A Century of Carnival Glass" and a "The Art of Carnival Glass" by Stephen & Glen Thistlewood as well as their journal publications in 1998, 2001, and 2004. Web sites with Brockwitz information and documentation include the Thistlewood's www.carnival-glass.net and Chris Stewart's www.cloudglass.com. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional information, additions, corrections, or updates to the Brockwitz documentation.
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