The firm of J.L. Knoedgen, first ceramics factory to be located in the Westerwald town of Ransbach (now Ransbach-Baumbach), was founded in 1892 by Jacob Leopold Knoedgen. By 1910 the firm had grown to employ some 45 workers. Following Knoedgen’s death in 1935, management of the company was turned over to his son Richard, who continued producing beer steins until 1950, at which point production was shifted to other ceramic household items more in tune with Germany’s post-WWII requirements. For more about the company see “J.L. Knoedgen Revealed”.
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