S.P. Gerz Stein Catalog
Simon Peter Gerz formed the company that bears his name in 1857, beginning actual production of ceramic wares in 1862. The economic upheaval brought about by World War I and its aftermath caused Gerz to cease production for a brief period in 1917/1918 and again in 1923, but nonetheless the company managed to survive for more than 135 years and, in fact, became the dominant player among Westerwald ceramics manufacturers in the period following World War II. Some questionable strategic decisions in the 1990s forced Gerz into bankruptcy and a partial liquidation in 1997, and in 1999 the company permanently shut down all manufacturing operations. However, rights to use of the company name and trademarks were purchased by Domex Geschenk-Manufactur GmbH, which continues to distribute Gerz steins today, albeit produced mainly in the Orient.
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*N.B. — It is important for catalog end-users to note that Gerz numbered its steins using at least two unrelated and overlapping numbering systems, one beginning at the outset of production in 1862, and another beginning sometime around 1905, after which they both appear to have existed simultaneously. All steins numbered with a leading zero (e.g., “0130”) were identified using the later numbering system, as were many steins which omit the leading zero, generally numbered “200” or higher. Steins in this catalog are listed in applied mold number order, and no attempt is currently being made to separate the two (or other?) numbering systems. That being the case, the order of the listing below cannot be presumed to have any overall relationship to the chronological sequence of initial production.
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